It’s Fair Time again, and this year’s theme, “Fun and Games at the Redwood Empire Fair” will provide plenty of both for kids and adults of all ages.
The Fair runs from August 3rd to August 6th, and promises to be a jam-packed weekend filled with food, fun and entertainment.
Thrill-seekers will notice some new carnival rides in the midway, and on Thursday only, guests can enjoy a new carnival option with one-dollar rides- a perfect preference for those craving a spin on the Ferris Wheel. Carnival enthusiasts save $5 by purchasing unlimited ride wristbands that can be used Friday through Sunday. Wristbands are available now in Ukiah at Raley’s, Taco Bell, Chavez Market, Creative Workshop, Ukiah Grocery Outlet and at the Fair Office. In Willits, purchase wristbands at JD Redhouse and in Laytonville, at Geiger’s Long Valley Market.
Enjoy dinner, grab a funnel cake and head to the raceway, where guests will be treated to four nights of motorized action. Thursday night features motorcycles, side-by-sides and ATV’s, and Friday evening’s Mudd Boggs are a family crowd-pleaser. Truck and Tractor Pulls are slated for Saturday night. The motorized events conclude on Sunday evening with Dirt Nationals, Jalopies and the always-entertaining Boat Races.
Following the motor sports, head over to the Willow Tree Stage for music and dancing, with the Rebel Rousers on Thursday evening, II Big on Friday and Mike Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty on Saturday. Music begins at 9:00. On Sunday, enjoy El Nuevo Plan, Banda Pacifica and Los Nuevos Aventureros, beginning at 5:00 pm.
There will be plenty of free activities and entertainment throughout the weekend, including the return of Brad’s World Reptiles, Martial Arts demonstrations, Racing Pigs and Racing Dogs, Fire Juggling, Balloon Artists and more. Don’t miss CircusMecca, Mendocino County’s non-profit circus school, renowned for their aerialists, acrobatics and the scores of students they instruct throughout the county. CircusMecca will be performing at 8:30 every night.
Support local performers 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 7:30.
The Show Rings will be busy all weekend, with Market Sheep, Swine Showing and Market Beef Showmanship and Breeding scheduled for Thursday. Swine Showmanship, the Goat Primary Exhibit, Pygmy Goat Show and Large Animal Round Robin Showmanship take place on Friday. For Auction buyers, note that the Saturday Livestock Buyer’s Breakfast will take place at 8:00 am- a schedule change from previous years. The breakfast is followed by the Junior Livestock Auction at 10:00. On Sunday, the Livestock Awards Ceremony takes place at 10:00.
Free admission for kids and seniors is available on Thursday until 6:00 pm. The Fair opens at 3:00 on Thursday and Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 5 are always admitted free. For more information phone (707) 462-3884 or visit http://www.redwoodempirefair.com/august-fair/.