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Category Archives: California’s Golden Fairs

Monterey County- California’s Golden Fairs (110)

Huell visits the Monterey County Fair and learns why this area is known as the “Salad bowl of the world,” but this fair is not all about agriculture. There is plenty of good food, rides and even some wool spinners to entertain you. 2011

Alameda County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (109)

Huell visits the Alameda County Fair which originated in 1859 in downtown Oakland as a Floral Fair. The first modern-day Fair in Pleasanton began in 1912, and has been held annually (with the exception of the war years) ever since. The Fair’s racetrackis the oldest one-mile horse racing track in America, dating back to 1858  Continue Reading »

El Dorado County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (108)

Huell travels to Placerville to attend the El Dorado County Fair which is filled with all the wonderful food, rides, games and happy fairgoers that you would expect, but the big “event” is the John Studebaker Wheelbarrow Race where hardy contestants drag wheelbarrows through a chaotic obstacle course filled with water and mud. There is  Continue Reading »

Trinity County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (106)

Huell travels WAY up to the northern part of our state to visit a true “country” fair. The Trinity County Fair and the Hayfork Mule Show take place side by side in the small town of Hayfork. There’s lots to see and do, including the wonderful Quilt Show and the Homestead Exhibit, where living history  Continue Reading »

Nevada County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (105)

Huell travels to Grass Valley California to visit the Nevada County Fair, which is consistently referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.” This fair is all about the food! Treat Street is dedicated to various non-profit organizations that cook up some of the most delicious food imaginable and all the money raised goes back to  Continue Reading »

Calaveras County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (103)

Huell travels to the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. There is a reason this area is referred to as “Frogtown”. In 1865, Samuel l. Clemens (Mark Twain) penned “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, a tall tale of the life and happenings of the gold rush town. When the town was looking  Continue Reading »

Marin County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (102)

Huell heads to the “greenest” fair in California. The Marin County Fair has made a huge effort to make a very small footprint on the environment. The carousel and the main stage are both powered by solar. Another stage is powered by a 99% vegetable oil biodiesel generator and the lighting at the entrance to  Continue Reading »

Amador County Fair- California’s Golden Fairs (101)

Huell travels to Plymouth California to visit the Amador County Fair. This fair has all the great food, rides and entertainment you’d expect, but what really sets it apart is their incredible living history areas. There is a wheelwright shop, steam powered sawmill, and even a Miwok village where you can visit with members of  Continue Reading »

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