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Category Archives: California’s Golden Fairs

Date Festival — California’s Golden Fairs (107)

Huell heads to Indio, where for over 60 years, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival has celebrated the date and entertained millions with everything you could want from a fair. From the wonderful food to the camel and ostrich races and crowning of the Queen Scheherazade and her court, it’s a wonderful way  Continue Reading »

San Diego County Fair — California’s Golden Fairs (103)

Huell visits a fair steeped in history. In 1880, a group of San Diegans organized an agricultural fair to bring county farmers together to share ideas, see who had the best citrus fruit, who baked the best pie, and who had the fastest horse. In 1936 it moved to it’s current location at the Del  Continue Reading »

Big Fresno Fair — California’s Golden Fairs (111)

Huell visits the Big Fresno Fair and it really is a “big” fair, with over 165 acres of and 127 years in the making. Huell learns that the fairgrounds were once used as a Japanese internment camp and meets the great grand daughter of Pop Laval who shothundreds of photos of the early 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 (104)

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 »