Fairs + Festivals

Dixon May Fair celebrates ‘This is My Country’

By From page A5 | May 09, 2012

From concerts by Snoop Dogg and Kellie Pickler to a livestock auction, racing pigs and carnival rides, the schedule is jam-packed at the 137th annual Dixon May Fair, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

Although the fair officially opens Thursday, gates open at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the Snoop Dogg concert as well as carnival rides and a few food booths.

And a parade will make its way through downtown Dixon starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Dixon May Fair is the longest continuously running fair in California, while the May Fair Parade is the state’s oldest sanctioned parade.

The fair and parade share a theme this year: “This is My Country,” celebrating a patriotic spirit, agriculture and a rural lifestyle.

A wide range of entertainment is planned throughout the fair. Headliners include rapper Snoop Dogg on Wednesday; The English Beat and The Romantics on Thursday; country singers Pickler and Phil Vassar on Friday; comedian Larry the Cable Guy, known for his catch phrase “Git-R-Done,” on Saturday; and the demolition derby on Sunday.

Indie group One Block Radius — featuring lead singer Marty James, who lived in Dixon until he was 9 — will open for Snoop Dogg.

For concerts, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For the demolition derby, doors open at 5 p.m. and the contest starts at 6 p.m. Concert tickets may be purchased at the Dixon May Fair box office, 655 S. First St., or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Demolition derby tickets are available only at the box office. Fair admission is included with all arena concert and event admissions.

Also at the fair, 4-H and FFA youths will exhibit cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens and other farm animals they’ve raised, leading up to the Junior Livestock Auction from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

And don’t miss the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, making their first appearance at the fair. These fleet-hooved porkers will race four times a day throughout the fair.

Another unusual animal event is sure to get fairgoers’ attention. A llama performance will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the arena next to the Pohl barn. In this event, llamas compete against each other in a series of obstacles, which simulate what a llama might encounter on a trail during a packing trip: contact with various animals in the field or difficult maneuvers such as backing up or crossing a bridge.

There’s more to the fair than concerts and animals. On Friday and Saturday, local artists and Solano County school groups will create large-scale printmaking projects in the Solano Steamroller Smackdown. The 12-ton black-and-white steamroller will be rolling through the fair and spinning inky imagery created by participants. All prints and T-shirts produced will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the college’s art department.

The fair also includes a super science room with hands-on activities for children and the “I Built a Bridge” competition — constructing a bridge with Popsicle sticks — between area high schools.

Fair admission is $12 for adults, $7 for kids ages 5-12, and $8 for seniors age 60 and up. On Friday, which is Kids Day, children age 12 and under will be admitted for free all day.

Carnival pay-one-price wristbands will be $29. Butler Amusements Inc. will bring the carnival rides. The midway opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.dixonmayfair.com or call the Dixon May Fair office at (707) 678-5529.

Enterprise staff

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