The Fair runs from August 1st to August 4th, and the theme, “Goin’ Hog Wild” celebrates swine, equine, wine and sunshine, promising fun for the entire family.
The popular California Carnival Company is returning to the Midway for the third year, promising a great balance of both “kiddie” and “spectacular” rides. Carnival enthusiasts save $5 by purchasing one-day unlimited ride wristbands that can be used Thursday through Sunday. Wristbands are available in Ukiah at Raley’s, Taco Bell, Chavez Market, Creative Workshop and at the Fair office. In Willits, purchase wristbands at JD Redhouse. In Fort Bragg, get your wristbands at Harvest Market. For the first time, Covelo residents may pick up wristbands at Uptown Mercantile. Wristbands must be purchased prior to the 3:00 opening of the Fair on August 1st.
More than a few pigs and other animals will be “going to market” during the Fair’s livestock events. Market Sheep, Swine Showing, Market Beef Showmanship and Breeding are scheduled for Thursday. Swine Showmanship, the Goat Primary Exhibit, Pygmy Goat Show and Large Animal Round Robin Showmanship take place on Friday.
The Buyer’s Breakfast and auction registration is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd from 8:00 to 9:45 am, followed by the Junior Livestock Auction, beginning at 10:00 am at the Racine Pavilion.
There is always something to see and do at the fair. This year the Fair welcomes the return of Brad’s Reptiles- a family favorite for years. In addition, animal lovers will go “hog wild” over a new exhibit from Walk on the Wild Side- an exciting display of exotic animals rescued by the non-profit organization. Watch for regularly scheduled performances by Jeremy the Juggler and Totally Twisted Balloons.
Take a break from the heat and enjoy the exhibits displayed in the Fine Arts, Home Arts, Junior Building and Flower Building, where your friends and neighbors have competed to be the best- whether they are quilters, collectors, painters or bakers.
Once the sun set, the fun really begins, with motorized sporting events at the Speedway. On Thursday, watch motorcycles, side-by-sides and quads for an evening of thrills and spills. Nothing says “Goin’ Hog Wild” like the Mudd Boggs, which are scheduled for Friday night at 6:30. Saturday’s popular Truck and Tractor Pulls begin at 6:00 pm. The best is saved for last, when the Boat Races, Junior Mudd Boggs and Jalopies will close down the Speedway action on Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 pm.
Save some energy for four evenings of great music. On Thursday evening, enjoy the classic rock sounds of Warehouse 21 at 6:00 and again at 9:00 pm. On Friday evening, The Funky Dozen will get their groove on at 7:00 and 9:00, and so will you! Saturday night enjoy American Blues and Roots Rock with Kingsborough at 6:00 and 9:00 pm. And on Sunday, dance to Luis Perez y la Nueva Ilusion & Banda Pacifica, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Prepare to be amazed as you watch the best of local talent on Sunday at 2:00, when the winners of the Ukiah Idol’s Grand Final competition will be announced. “Little and Junior” Idol contestants will compete on Friday at 5:00 pm. This long-standing community tradition, which mirrors the successful television show offers a fun, supportive venue for children and adults performers who give their all for prizes and recognition.
Thursday offers free admission to kids ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and older until 6:00 pm. Children under 5 are always admitted free. The Fair opens at 3:00 on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information phone (707) 462-3884 or visit the Redwood Empire Fair’s Facebook page or http://www.redwoodempirefair.com/august-fair/