The Trinity County Fair is almost here, offering carnival rides, contests for adults and kids, a plethora of locally made crafts, and animals galore.
This year’s country fair in Hayfork is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 and 12. The theme is “Jewel of the West, Trinity is the Best.”
The official opening day is Friday at 8 a.m. It is Kids Day, and children 12 and under get in free. On Saturday, Native Americans will get in free, and on Sunday admission is waived for senior citizens 60 and over.
Otherwise, prices at the gate will be $6 for persons aged 13 to 59, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for youths 6-12, and children 5 and under get in free. The presale admission price for $1 off is available until Aug. 8 from the Exhibits Office or with a request form sent in from the premium book. The fair gets 100 percent of the proceeds from presale of carnival tickets versus zero for carnival ticket sales during the fair, so pick them up early at the Fair Office or Trinity County Chamber of Commerce office in Weaverville.
Do make sure to read the regulations in this special section regarding prohibited items.
Fair Manager Mike Fillette said the Midway of Fun carnival is back this year providing thrills, games and food, though with road closures fewer of the larger rides and more of the smaller rides will be set up. There will be a couple of new rides plus the addition of giant, inflatable “scramballs” to roll around in.
Magician Shawn Eric and Jeremy the Juggler will return with stage and roving acts.
The logging show Friday at 6 p.m., with contests such as double-bucking and axe-throwing, is a good demonstration of skills.
For on-the-ground action, dirt track races at the Mountain Valley Raceway begin at 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 6 p.m.). On Sunday at 6 p.m., gates open for the Destruction Derby which starts at 7 p.m. It always draws a crowd to see which car can withstand the most abuse.
The Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday is a big event for youths who have worked hard to prepare their livestock for the fair. If you want to see the animals, do not wait until Sunday. They are removed very early that morning to prevent heat stress during transport.
Equestrian fans will enjoy the horse show Friday and the packing demonstration on Saturday. Horses and riders will show off their agility and speed Friday at 7 p.m. in the gymkhana events.
There are quiet activities at the fair as well. The exhibit halls are filled with artwork and displays. Or you can admire the painstaking work on display at the quilt show. Check out the traditional and more modern quilting methods, and don’t forget to vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. A quilt auction will be held Saturday at the lawn stage.
For an entertaining trip back in history visit the Homestead and historical exhibits just inside the entrance to the fairgrounds and to the right. The theater will be showing old movies and the saloon will serve up root beer floats.
This will be a good fair for music lovers, Fillette said.
“We’ve got a great band from Sacramento, the Great Wide Open, on Saturday night,” Fillette said, noting that the Tom Petty tribute band has played in Hayfork before, although not at the fair.
The lineup also includes Merit Parcel, the Jazztronauts, Brandon Pasion and Hippie Chuck and the Rusty Pipes.
There are also all kinds of contests fun for the family to participate in or watch, including the horseshoe tournament, junior and teen pageants, animal showmanship, pet parade, ugly dog contest, creeper contest, watermelon eating contest, bicycle races, belt sander drag races and pinewood derby. Although the fair officially opens on Friday, some of these events are earlier in the week with no cost for admission. For more information, times and dates, see the Trinity County Fair supplement that published in the Aug. 1 Trinity Journal. Or stop by our office, the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce or Holiday Market to pick up a copy.