Check it out
What: The Yolo County Fair
When: Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland
Cost: Admission is free; parking is $5; concerts are free; carnival rides and the demolition derby have an admission fee
Information: yolocountyfair.net or call the fair office at (530) 402-2222
Demolition derbies, a karaoke singing contest and a goat race — it must be Yolo County Fair time. This year’s fair runs from Wednesday, Aug. 14, to Sunday, Aug. 18, and is themed “Swine on Harvest Moon.”
Not only can people enjoy a plethora of diverse diversions, but they can also enjoy them for free. The Yolo County Fair holds the distinction of being the oldest “free gate” fair in California, which means there is no entry fee. Parking is $5 a day.
The Yolo County Bounty Gala will emerge in all its social and culinary splendor on Wednesday, Aug. 14, opening day. From 6 to 8 p.m., gala goers can sit back and mingle with local community leaders, growers and friends from fairs past. Attendees also can sample local harvests and products, enjoy the catering of local restaurants and listen to local musicians.
Presale coupons for the Midway of Fun carnival are available from now until 5 p.m. opening night, and are available at the fairgrounds office, Nugget Markets and the Yolo Federal Credit Union Davis branch, among others. Coupons can be redeemed for 30 tickets or, on certain designated “Pay One Price” days, for an unlimited wristband. “Pay One Price” days are Wednesday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Thursday and Friday from noon to midnight.
The Yolo Idol contest, emceed by Elisia Gonzales of Fox 40 News, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the West Stage, next to Rotary Park. Contestants will sing their way to prizes of $250 (first), $100 (second) and $50 (third), and will be judged based on vocal quality, performance quality, stage presence, appearance and the appropriateness of their song selection.
Entertainment director Marty DeAnda noted that, for the first time in the program’s 10-year history, the judges will be professionals, hailing from a variety of milieus including “Alive and Kicking” and “Stairway to Stardom.” Yolo Idol will be followed at 9 p.m. by Davis band Mumbo Gumbo.
“We’ve really upgraded the pageant this year,” DeAnda said. He added that Mumbo Gumbo is “probably the biggest draw of the fair this year. We’re trying to make it a really special night and put Davis on the map in terms of a headliner.”
If you want to experience the noise, the fun and the fast pace of safe and legalized road rage, head to the Demolition Derby in the arena on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. Cars and trucks will be trying to immobilize each other by any means necessary within the rules (yes, there are rules), and the last car standing wins.
Saturday is Kids’ Drawing Day and children can participate in the giveaway on Saturday afternoon. Registration is from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and the drawing begins at 4:30 p.m. Both registration and the drawing take place at the Community Stage.
And, of course, there will be livestock, arts and baking exhibitions. Open judging of baking competitions will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 p.m. on Thursday, both in the Home Arts Building. Open judging of senior, FFA and junior livestock exhibitions takes place Wednesday through Friday and will include beef, goats, sheep, swine, rabbits, turkeys and chickens. Livestock events also include the Goat Races (fun for all) at the Junior Ring at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
“I’ve met some really neat people here,” fair entries supervisor Jeannie Malcolm said. “This is my 60th fair working here, and I think it’s great. There’s always new things to see.”
In other words, don’t miss it.
For more information visit http://yolocountyfair.net/ or call the fair office at 530-402-2222.