July 16, 2013 — It’s Fair Week in Lassen County, and Jim Wolcott, Lassen County’s fair manager and staff have put together another outstanding collection of events and exhibits sure to delight the entire family.
The Lassen County Fair officially runs from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21.
For the adventurous youngsters in the family, the breathtaking rides on the midway are sure to please those who crave and thrive on a little excitement.
Others who prefer to live on the quieter side of life are sure to enjoy the exhibits that feature all kinds of local creations from handicrafts, jams and jellies, baked goods, produce and more. Other exhibits include canned items, relishes, salsas, quilts, vegetables, herbs, flowers, photography and more. One could spend many hours checking out the creative endeavors of local residents.
For some folks, the fair means food, and fair week offers an assortment of traditional local favorites as well as food one just can’t find anywhere else in town. OK, maybe it’s indulgent, but it sure tastes good!
We live in the west, and the fair wouldn’t be complete without the livestock show and auction where youngsters show off the animals they’ve raised. And this year the Smack Down Bull Riding Series and the professional bull riders and rodeo clowns return to the fair to add a little ooh and ah as the cowboys try to hang on until the horn sounds.
California’s 4-H celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with several events and a number of exhibits.
The fair also brings the Miss Lassen County Pageant — a true highlight of the annual event.
And then there are the stock car races for those who find a need for speed. And if all that bumping and grinding and drifting through the corners doesn’t get your blood pumping there’s always the destruction derby and dozens of crumpled, steaming wrecks striving for survival.
For those who like music and entertainment, a wide variety of performers take the stage at the grandstand — local singers vie in the Country Showdown on Thursday night and country crooner James Otto headlines the Friday night concert.
But the entertainment doesn’t stop there as dozens of performers bring all kinds of fun to several stages scattered all around the fairgrounds all week long.
There’s even a parade down Main Street Saturday morning.
If you’re looking to have a good time this week, the Lassen County Fair could just hit the spot. We hope to see you there.
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