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Fairgrounds time capsule mystery to be revealed
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A time capsule rumored to be hidden under the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds’ arch will be unearthed at 10 a.m. on April 16. - photo by Photo Contributed

 A piece of Stanislaus County Fair history is hoping to make an appearance this month when a rumored time capsule will potentially be unearthed at the fairgrounds’ historic arch gate.

Past and present members of the local community are invited to attend the Stanislaus County Fair’s time capsule unveiling event at 10 a.m. on April 16. The event will take place at the fairgrounds’ historic arch gate on North Broadway Avenue, between Canal and Front Street in Turlock.

“It is important for us to celebrate the history that has shaped our community, which is essential for us to be part of this time capsule to see what, if anything, is hidden in our arch gate,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “This is a great way to kick-off our fair’s centennial celebration.”

Local lore says there may be something hidden in the pillars of the Stanislaus County fairgrounds’ historic arch gate, placed by the construction workers and American Legion members, however, many community members think otherwise. The capsule is believed to have been buried 82 years ago on April 16, 1929 during the dedication of the just-built arch gate.  

While researching the history of the century-old fair, a publication from the Turlock Historical Society, The Turlock Pioneer, from 1999 was found mentioning a time capsule placed behind one of the steel Legion and Auxiliary shields that adorn the pillars, though no one seems to know for sure which one.

The 2011 Stanislaus County Fair opens for its 100th anniversary celebration on July 15 for a 10-day run. Discounted admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands and arena event tickets will be on sale beginning April 30.