Stanislaus County Fair: Get in free Sunday till 3 p.m.

July 13, 2013 

Turlock Tuff Truck competitor Joel Nascimento catches air in his Ford Ranger, in front of the crowds at the Food Maxx Arena during opening night of the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock Friday evening (07-12-13).

ELIAS FUNEZ — The Modesto Bee Buy Photo

— Take advantage of "Free 'Til 3" day at the Stanislaus County Fair with no admission charged until 3 p.m.

WHAT TO DO: Take the whole family to see the new Wizard's Challenge interactive exhibit filled with science, magic and bubbles. The new all-ages experience replaces the popular Rainforest exhibit from years past.

HIGHLIGHTS: See kindergartners through second-graders in the junior decorated cookies contest at 12:45 p.m. and the adults duke it out in the senior barbecue ribs contest at 6:15 p.m. in the Competitive Exhibits building.

VARIETY FREE STAGE: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 8:30 pm.

ARENA: Quad Drags and Extreme Freestyle Motorcycles, 6:30 p.m., $10

CENTER STAGE: Donavon, 12:30-2 p.m; CJ Emulous, 5:45-7:45 p.m.; Nails of Glory, 8-10:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY STAGE: Ceres Karate, 3:30-5 p.m.; No Gray Areas, 6-7:30 p.m; B.O.O.K., 8-9:30 p.m.

XFINITY STAGE: JD Platt & K9 Kings, 12:30, 3 and 5 p.m.; Cowgirl Rope Tricks Show, 1 and 3 p.m. Lucky Starr, Cowgirl Stiltwalker, 5 p.m.

HOURS: Gates open at noon; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at midnight

PARK 'N' RIDE: 11:30 a.m. to midnight; park and ride free from CSU, Stanislaus (Crowell Road off Monte Vista Avenue), or Pitman High School (Christoffersen Parkway). Shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes.

WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and head east. For fairgrounds parking, turn right on Soderquist Road, or go past Soderquist for more parking; $4 per vehicle.

ADMISSION: $12 for adults, $5 for children 7 to 12 and seniors 65 and older, free for 6 and younger

INFORMATION: www.stancofair.com or (209) 668-1333

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