Ventura County Fair

July 30, 2011 by USA Post 

Ventura County FairVentura County Fair, It’s time for Ventura County to get their annual dose of churros, Ferris wheels and farm animals. The Ventura County Fair starts Wednesday at the Ventura County Fair, marking the beginning of 12 days of food, games, concerts, games, competitions, exhibitions and entertainment.

Organizers promise this year’s show, themed “The Bounty of the province,” will feature all the familiar favorites along with some new features ranging from aesthetics and education to simply clog arteries – such as fried Kool-Aid, for example.

“Every year we try to give the public something new and different and provide no cost or at a very reasonable cost,” said director general of the fair Barbara Quaid. “I think it’s fair 2011 will be the best experience people have had the fair since 2010.”

Over 300,000 visitors are expected to enter through the gates during the fair this year. Once inside, you will find several new activities for children at the Youth Expo at the fair. “Adventures of the Butterfly” is a tropical garden where visitors can see, touch and learn about hundreds of butterflies.

Also making its first appearance is the Competition Derby House, in which children build and race at home, miniature vehicles, not motorized. The first contestant to get a vehicle loaded with farm produce to the packing plant wins.

Registration forms, available on the website of the fair are due to the preliminary competition on Monday.

For adults, the edge of Derby new phase inside the Derby Bar Club will give fairgoers the opportunity to enjoy adult beverages while listening to musical acts or participate in off-track betting.

More than 200 food vendors will be on hand. In addition to fried Kool-Aid – described as battered fried balls of the mixture of Kool-Aid – chocolate covered bacon will make an appearance with fair rules, such as hot dogs, churros, cotton candy, chocolate and chips.

“Some dealers are still experimenting. I do everything I can tell you we’re going to fry this year,” said Quaid. “But just look at our website and we will update it. Here’s something for everyone, either fried or healthy.”

Competitions range from traditional to unusual. Fairgoers can compete in everything from apple floating, crowing rooster, joke-telling, and pie-eating contests to poetry cowboy suits, rabbit and poultry, and a contest to choose the ugliest of fish.

More than 50 rides and 15 games will be created, as the Ferris wheel, carousel, bungee jump, giant slide, Swinger wave and Winky the Whale. Popular games like ring of fire, and shoot the basketball star also make a return.

This year’s lineup of concerts has some flashes of the past; including rocker Pat Benatar 80, Motown legends the Four Tops, the Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon. Contemporary acts including Trace Adkins country artists Clay Walker and the pop artist Matt Morris, and the rock band Three Days Grace, Lifehouse. All concerts are covered in the cost of admission.

As always, the animals are the main attractions of the fair. Horse shows and increasingly popular small and large livestock judging will take place throughout the fair. Attendees can bid on a market champion steer raised by a 4-H, FFA or Grange member in the Junior Livestock Auction, or simply pat a pig, a cow or a pat on the look of a goat in the livestock department, where more than 1,500 small and large livestock participating in the competition.

The talent of friends and neighbors will be on display and for judging over the show, in categories ranging from photography, art and stamp collection to the cake making, table setting and floral arrangements. More than 4,000 exhibitors entered their creations in the category Home Arts last year.

Show attendees can work out some of the calories just in the 5K and walk on costumes from Saturday at 8 am at Mission Park. Participants are encouraged to run or walk in costumes that match the “Bounty of the Province” is the theme. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative costumes. The annual parade Ventura County Fair continues at 10 am

There will be a few love stories as well. The blessing of marriage on August 9, invites couples that have been married for over 40 years to come and renew their vows and share tips and stories about love and marriage.

Every night, just ends with a fireworks display at 10 pm

The fair is big business for the County of Ventura. Organizers say it generates nearly 70 million and spending activity each year. Its economic impact is estimated in the province including the direct costs of one and 6 million to the concessionaires, artists and vendors, creating over 750 jobs and 1.2 million in annual revenue from business taxes, and more $ 150,000 and a cash prize to be awarded.

With expected daily attendance between 15,000 and 50,000, 2,000 the fairgrounds’ parking spaces fill up fast. Organizers encourage visitors to park and walk or take advantage of free shuttle service runs from parking lots around Ventura and Oxnard to the Center. Public transportation via bus and train is also an option.

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