Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Redwood Empire Fair Comes to Town

Screaming while upside down [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Thousands descended on the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds this weekend for the annual Redwood Empire Fair. Laughter, fried Twinkies, screams of delight, roars of monster trucks, the staccato speech of the auctioneer- Mendocino County can sure put on a helluva fair.

The 2022 Redwood Empire Fair Junior Livestock Auction brought in over $1 million honoring the work of local young farmers. Horticulturists, quilters, and artists got the opportunity to show off their talents. Young women dominated the Fair Market Steer awards.

All in all, this year’s fair marks the close of summer, the transition to autumn, and an important coming together for Mendocino County kept apart by the pandemic.

An FFA student prepping her cow for auction [Picture by Peter Armstrong]

The bright lights and happy screams of an evening at the Redwood Empire Fire [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Jeremy the Juggler doing what he does best [Picture by Peter Armstrong]

A wall of prizes, a family waits for a ride, a ride operator amidst the glee [Picture by Matt LaFever]

The neon chaos of a ride as passengers gleefully scream within [Picture by Peter Armstrong]
A gal and her goat prepare for auction [Picture by Peter Armstrong]

The Day-Glo colors of the fair after nightfall [Picture by Matt LaFever]
A pig prepped for auction and its owner smiling on the big day [Picture by Peter Armstrong]

The timeless simplicty of the ferris wheel [Picture by Matt LaFever]

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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