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County Fair Opens Gates
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The San Joaquin Fair opens the summer season today, Wednesday, June 24 and offers five days of top-name concerts, carnival rides, exhibits, food, and more. This year, live horse racing returns to the grandstand and runs through June 28. Special promotional days, scheduled throughout the Fair, make it some of the most affordable family fun available anywhere.

Opening Day, Wednesday, June 24, adult admission is $5 until 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 25, both kids (6-12) and seniors (55-plus) are admitted free.

The San Joaquin County Fair has also announced its Health Plan of San Joaquin Main Stage Entertainment line-up for the five days of the fair, June 24-28.

Scheduled shows are Wednesday, June 24 Bret Michaels; Thursday, June 25 Charlie Daniels; Friday, June 26 Raven Symone; Saturday, June 27 The Neville Brothers; Sunday, June 28 Los Tucanes De Tijuana.

All concerts start at 8 p.m. and concerts are included in the price of admission to the Fair.

Among new features this year, the Fair, in partnership with Citadel Broadcasting, is turning its largest exhibit hall into a Green Zone. Building #2 will feature demonstrations and businesses that have the potential to improve the valley we live in. From solar panels to composting, there will be practical information and ways for people and businesses to participate in "greening" their communities. Also included in the Green Zone and throughout the grounds will be entertainment venues including the Recycle Cycle, Walking Tree Man, and EarthCapades juggling and comedy show.

Celebrating the importance of going green, the San Joaquin County Fair and Citadel Broadcasting present exciting and easy ways of making life better for the valley we live in and the planet we live on.

Also new this year at the San Joaquin County Fair, 4-H members will demonstrate their abilities to safely and effectively operate an agricultural and/or lawn and garden tractor. 4-H members will also demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and skill in operation, competing with other 4-H members in the process. The demonstration consists of four parts, including a written exam, part identification, displaying safe operating procedures, and the actual operation of a lawn tractor.

The demonstration/contest takes place on Friday, June 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the San Joaquin County Fair. For more information, contact Rita Peralta at the San Joaquin County Fair, (209) 466-5041.

There will also be the 4-H and FFA livestock shows and sales scattered throughout the week.

Another exciting feature this year is the return of thoroughbred horse racing to the month of June. This year's meet has run its first four days, June 18-21, with two dark days of June 22 and 23, and then five more days of racing from June 24 through 28.

Admission for racing will be $9 (Fair admission), and parking is $5.

The fair celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness by presenting the Pink Ribbon Stakes on Sunday, June 28 at the San Joaquin Horse Racing grandstand.

The grandstand will become "pink" for the day with decorations, special pink beverages for sale, pink ribbons, and even the pony riders will have special pink hats. The jockeys for the Pink Ribbon Stakes will have pink stripes on their pants, and a special "$2.00 wager bet" on that race can be donated directly to Breast Cancer Awareness. For more information, contact Debbie Cook at the San Joaquin County Fair, (209) 466-5041.

In addition to the variety of special events and concerts, there will be the popular midway with rides and games, plenty of food and vendor booths, exhibitor buildings featuring crafts, photography, baked goods, plants and more.

Wristbands for the midway can be purchased for $28 and fair hours are from noon to 10 p.m. daily.