Tuesday, July 22, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Signs of summer: Big crowd greets fair’s opening

By
From page A1 | August 15, 2013 |

Gracie Cecilia Martinez, 5, checks to make sure she's tall enough for the carousel. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Check it out

What: Yolo County Fair

When: 9 a.m. to midnight, through Sunday

Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland

Cost: Admission is free; parking is $5

Yolo Idol: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the West Stage

Destruction Derby: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($20 admission)

Kids’ Drawing: Register between 3 and 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Drawing begins at 4:30 p.m. on the Community Stage

Information: yolocountyfair.net or call 530-402-2222

WOODLAND — Past the SEE THE GIANT GATOR exhibit and the cotton candy and Reveille Lions Club Famous Roast Beef Sandwich stand, 5-year-old Gracie Cecilia Martinez eyed a sign.

You must be 42 inches tall to ride alone or 36 inches and accompanied by a responsible person.

Gracie looked like she measured up, but the carousel’s horses each had someone in the saddle for this go-‘round at the Yolo County Fair, which, on Wednesday’s opening night, seemed to have attracted twice as many visitors as a year ago.

“This year’s a lot better,” said Gracie’s dad, Al Martinez, a cannery worker, standing with his wife, Delores, who owns a housecleaning business, and their daughter Andrea, 12.

“Maybe last year because the economy was bad, it was hard for some people. This year, there are more families out.”

Three Ferris wheels turned among rides an attractions like the Tornado, the Hall of Horrors and a dated-looking Starship 2000. At the Sizzler, another sign:

Warning: this ride eats phones.

Up high, two shirtless workers tightened bolts, presumably to keep the Falling Star from falling. Carnies glanced around from under 4-foot-tall Scooby Doos, waiting for someone to notice Frog Bog, Tons of Fun, the Shooting Gallery.

Over at the Future Farmers of America barn, Amelia Crary, who graduated from Davis High School in June, already sported a winner’s medal around her neck.

She guided 6-month-old, 114-pound Lancelot to victory in the goat race. In 43 seconds, he finished the obstacle course, which included a seesaw, a plank, weave cones, Hula Hoops and a pause table: a stanchion onto which Lancelot had to hop, then hold still, his ears hanging down.

Angry goats make something of a half-scream, half-baa sound. They stomp their front feet, lock their joints and won’t budge.

Not Lancelot.

Amelia said that’s because she and the Boer (a market breed)/Nubian (dairy) mix, worked through any stubbornness with three months worth of practice.

“He’ll get treats or something,” Amelia said. “He got a lot of attention today. Goats love attention.”

Past the churros and jumbo corn dogs and SNO KONES, beyond the Udder D-lite ice cream stand and the pupusas and the grilled corn, a line stretched out among the picnic tables: People waiting to buy boxes of tacos from a stand manned by Holy Rosary Catholic Church volunteers.

Behind the stand, a sign:

Volunteers: Help yourself to broken tacos.

The stand is a team effort, with Patty Perez, a Yolo County Health Department employee, running the show. One of her 300 or so volunteers, ages 12 to 85 or 90, is Sylvia Chavez, whose day job is with the Department of Corrections.

Each year, the volunteers sell 40,000 to 45,000 tacos they assemble at the commissary, then fry and serve at the fair. Farmers donate fresh tomatoes and peppers to accompany 3,000 pounds of beef.

The volunteers bring in as much as $50,000 in profit. The haul from the past three years helped pay for a new community center. This year, they’re raising money for a new church building.

Their signs call the tacos famous.

“The tacos have been part of the county fair for 55, 56 years,” Sylvia explained. “I think when the whole community comes together, it goes into the flavor of the tacos. I call it a blessing.”

Over by the mechanical bull, Alan Jackson’s voice sang “I’m a country boy.” At the same time, over the loud speakers, a woman’s voice thanked a list of fair sponsors. Here, tow truck companies and banks get equal billing.

By the rows of cars in the bumpy dirt lot, Backseat Betty’s Kissing Booth stood empty. The sky grew dark.

Back inside the gates, the crowd remained. Sunglasses were perched on cowboy hats.

And the midway glowed and glowed with candy-colored lights.

— Reach Cory Golden at cgolden@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden

Cory Golden

Cory Golden

The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter. http://about.me/cory_golden
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Tanya PerezAugust 14, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    Excellent night at the fair story, Cory! I can almost smell the deep-fried yumminess!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Lauren KeeneAugust 15, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    Agreed! Awesome story.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Janet LeversAugust 15, 2013 - 7:39 am

    I would have loved to see some mention of Kyle Rowland, the harmonica player who rocked out a big crowd over at the stage. He is HOT!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Somewhere, over the rainbow

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1

     
    Girls sleep safely at Myanmar school, thanks to generous Davisites

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Appeals panel upholds race in admissions for UT Austin

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A3

     
    Parents’ Night Out planned Friday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Summer produce, yummy treats featured at Sutter market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Saylor welcomes visitors at ‘office hours’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Drop off school supplies at Edward Jones offices

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    STEAC needs donations of personal care items

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

    Explore the night sky at Tuleyome Astronomy Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Yolo County CASA seeks volunteer child advocates

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    John Cole cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

     
    Korean teenagers welcome us with open arms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Time to support people with disabilities

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Shame on the Palestinians

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

    Kimble left a swimming legacy

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    Questions about city revenue

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Not up for full-time caregiving

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Tour leader Nibali: A ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Yolo Post 77 looks to avenge last year’s outcome

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Thompson shines as Republic falls

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    River Cats overpower Chihuahuas

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Area sports briefs: Heintz returns to UCD

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    MLB roundup: Duvall, Kontos help Giants beat Phillies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Video highlights walking The Camino

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    ‘Grease’ is the show at WOH

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Winters Fourth Friday Feast celebrates cycling

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Lincoln Highway rolls into Central Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Rock Band campers perform at E Street Plaza

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Acme Theatre to present ‘The Rememberer’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7