Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dixon May Fair opens on Thursday

The 138th edition of the Dixon May Fair, California’s oldest fair, opens at 4 p.m. Thursday and runs through 11 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “Delta Breeze.”

Fair admission is $12 for adults (13 years and older), $8 for seniors, $7 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids 4 and under. Military members are $8.

Friday, which is Kids Day, the fair operates from noon to 11 p.m. All kids are free and carnival wristbands are $24 (through Wednesday) or $29 at the fair.

Saturday features the parade, beginning at 10 a.m. at First and C streets. The route follows First Street to the fairgrounds, 655 S. First St. On Saturday, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This year’s fair features old standards, new additions and the return of favorites.

Standards like the professional bull riding (7 p.m. Friday), tractor pull (7 p.m. Saturday) and the destruction derby (6 p.m. Sunday) are sure to draw huge crowds. These events require extra admission. The bull riding and tractor pull are both $20, and includes the price of admission if bought by Wednesday. The derby is $22 in advance. Tickets are available online at

New this year to the Kid Zone is the stunt dog show. These canines, which have preformed on national television, will show off their talents in Dixon at 4:30, 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday; 4 and 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 12:30, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Returning for just their second year, the California International Llama Association is sure to have crowds cheering again. This event, which runs at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, will put llamas through complex obstacle courses.

Another event sure to please most — well, the winners — is the Junior Livestock Auction at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. For information on how to bid and purchase at the auction, call 707-678-5529.

The Dixon May Fair and Strelitzia Flower Company will roll out the red carpet for moms on Mother’s Day. Dean Labadie, co-owner of the Davis-based flower shop along with his wife Janice, will provide 2,000 fresh roses for fair guests on Sunday.

For the kids, and kids at heart, the fair’s carnival will run from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Individual tickets are $1 each or buy a book of 25 for $23 or 80 for $70.

For those looking from some 21-years-and-older entertainment, they can visit the Solano County wine pavilion, which features 50 wines from 12 Solano County wineries. A glass starts at $4 and tastings start at $8. Proceeds benefit Friends of Dixon May Fair.

The fair is jam-packed with entertainment with Jon Pardi, The Delta Rockets, BEAM, Four Barrel, Two Barrels Shy, Kyle Bowen, Rhythm Method and Chris Mabrey.

Enterprise staff


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