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Gold Country Fair opens in Auburn Thursday


Gold Country Fair news release:

Gold Country Fair, AuburnAUBURN, Calif.–The Gold Country Fair wants to remind you that small town country fairs do still exist–and it is just an hour and a half away in Auburn.

When the fair opens this Thursday, Sept. 10, kid-powered fun will be the rule. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Local celebrities, school bands and cheerleaders will join 4-H kids with their animals in the fair parade.

There will be a trick dog show, a science exhibit and plenty of gizmos and gadgets. In Kids World, even the pony rides are free, along with a circus, a puppet theater and watermelon-eating contests. Squeals and laughter will float to you, mixed with the tinny music from the carnival rides on the hill, and everywhere you turn you’ll find those cartoonish character signs with a hole for your face for picture taking. There will be excellent music on the stages at no extra charge.

Plenty of really-bad-for-you fair food will be available alongside local service clubs flipping burgers and baking potatoes to be served with all the trimmings. In fact, local non-profits count on the money they can earn at the fair to support their community projects during the year. A visit to the beer booth usually means a chat with a Lions Club member or a volunteer fireman.

After months of feeding, grooming and cleaning up after their animals, cheerful kids filling the livestock barns are tired but hoping to take home a ribbon. They will use the money they make at the Jr. Livestock auction to buy school clothes, put some money in their college fund and buy another animal for next year. You’ll find them camped out in the stalls, napping on a hay bale or squirting each other with water at the wash stations. They’ll remember the fun they have at the fair for the rest of their lives.

You probably have some fond fair memories of your own. Take some time to slow down and make some new ones enjoying the low-tech fun of the Gold Country Fair Sept. 10-13 in Auburn–“where memories begin.” For more information visit GoldCountryFair.com or call 530-823-4533.

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