Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Redwood Empire Fair is Back

The following is a press release from the Redwood Empire Fair

[Picture of the Redwood Empire Fair by Matt LaFever]

This year’s Redwood Empire Fair is celebrating “86 years of Cows and Quilts.”

Running from August 4th through August 7th, the Fair promises all the classic entertainment, competition, thrills and family fun the community enjoys, according to CEO Jennifer Seward. 

The Fair and Carnival opens to the public at 3:00 PM on August 4th. Pre-sale carnival wristbands are available until Thursday, August 4th at 2:00 PM. The discounted wristbands are $30 each and are available at Mendo Mill Ukiah, Ukiah Taco Bell, Raley’s, Super Chavez Market, Creative Workshop and JD Redhouse in Willits. 

On opening day, kids 6-12 and seniors 65 and over receive free admission until 6:00 pm.

The Fair continues to be one of California’s most successful auctions. This year, Sheep Showmanship and the Market and Breeding Sheep Show will take place on August 4th at 8:00 AM. Beef Showmanship, Market and Breeding Beef take place on August 4th at 5:00 PM. 

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Swine Showmanship takes place Friday, August 5th at 8:00 AM. The Dairy Cattle Show is scheduled for Friday at 1:00 PM, with the Beef Ultrasound Carcass Contest taking place at 1:15. The Goat Primary Exhibit and Pygmy Goat Show will be held at 1:30 and 2:00 pm. The Round Robin Large Animal Showmanship event also takes place on Friday at 4:00 pm, and the Small Animal Round Robin Showmanship event is scheduled for 7:00 PM. 

The Junior Livestock Auction begins at 10:00 am at the Racine Pavilion. The Livestock Awards Ceremony will be held held Sunday, August 7th at 10:00 am. 

Once again, the Speedway will be the place to be for racing excitement. All Speedway events are included with Fair admission. On Thursday, watch motorcycles, side-by-sides, quads and monster trucks beginning at 6:00 pm. Friday night will be a down and dirty Mudd Bogg and Monster Truck fest starting at 6:00. The always popular Truck and Tractor Pulls begin at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening. To close out the weekend, enjoy the wild Boat Races, Junior Mudd Boggs and Jalopies on Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 pm.

Bring your dancing shoes and prepare a few songs to perform. On Thursday evening, join DJ Ken Steely for Karaoke at 6:00 and again at 9:00 pm. On Friday evening, hear the “real” Fake News at 6:00 and 9:00. Saturday night enjoy Warehouse 21 at 6:00 and 9:00 pm. And on Sunday, dance to Banda Pacifica, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Ukiah Idol’s long-standing competition continues on, and the Grand Finals will be announced on Sunday at 4:30 PM. “Little and Junior” Idol contestants will compete on Friday at 5:00 pm. Mirrored after the successful television broadcast, Ukiah Idol judges evaluate the performances of dozens of the region’s talented children, teens and adults. Prepared to be amazed at the high level of talent right here in Mendocino County.

Along with free admission to kids ages 6-12 on Thursday, seniors 65 and older are also admitted free until 6:00 pm. Children under 5 are always admitted free. Grandstand shows are always included with fair admission. The Fair opens at 3:00 on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information phone (707) 462-3884, visit the Redwood Empire Fair’s Facebook page or https://www.redwoodempirefair.com/summer-fair.

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