The Trinity County Fair runs for three days this weekend, with things to see and do ranging from car races to carnival rides, farm animals to fun contests.
This year’s fair in Hayfork is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11. The theme is “Lifetime of Bounty in Trinity County.”
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 (sponsored by the Redding Rancheria), 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 today 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 Visitor Center in Weaverville.
Although Friday is the first official fair day, the carnival opens at noon Thursday and there is no charge to get into the fair that day.
Fair Manager Mike Fillette said the Midway of Fun carnival is back this year providing thrills, games and food.
Magician Shawn Eric and Jeremy the Juggler will return with stage and roving acts.
“We’ve got local talent, local music,” Fillette said.
The logging show Friday at 6 p.m., with contests such as double-bucking and ax-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 show Friday with classes for horses, mules and donkeys. Animals and riders will show off their agility and speed Friday at 7 p.m. in the gymkhana events. Horse and mule demonstrations continue into Saturday.
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.
Several local bands will perform during the fair. See the fair schedule for details.
There are also all kinds of contests fun for the family to participate in or watch, including the horseshoe tournament, junior and adult pageants, animal showmanship, pet parade, ugly dog contest, creeper contest, watermelon eating contest, water balloon toss, bicycle races, corn hole contest, and belt sander drag races.
Although the fair officially opens on Friday, some of these events are earlier in the week with no cost for admission. See the fair schedule in last week’s special section for dates and times.
Copies of the special section are available at the Journal office, the Visitor Center in Weaverville, and at the Fairgrounds.