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Kids find science magical in fair exhibit
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Siblings Eddie and Ellen ONeill marvel at the colorful bubbles they made at the Wizards Challenge educational exhibit. - photo by NANCY ANGEL / The Journal

The Stanislaus County Fair is a bit more magical this year as hundreds of children make their way through the Wizard's Challenge.

The 8,000 square foot interactive exhibit is designed to teach kids about the fun side of science, with the help of a little magic of course.

“It’s better than the rides at the fair,” said 11 year-old Jorja Agnelli on Tuesday. “It’s more fun than the animal exhibit last year. There’s more to see and do."

Throughout the two dozen displays that the exhibit offers, children can create man-sized bubbles or high tech music, manipulate a robotic arm, dance through a wall of light, place hands on a plasma ball, and travel through a 20-foot long rotating dragon’s lair.

“It’s all about the bubbles,” said 7-year- old Eddie O’Neill. “I could stay here all day playing.”

The exhibit was designed by Clay and Elaine Everett, creators of the Rainforest Adventure that was the highlight of the Kids Zone in years past.

Admission to Wizard's Challenge is included in the fair admission price of $12 for adults; $5 for seniors 65 and older and children 7 to 12 years. Children under 6 years are free.  The fair runs through Sunday.