TURLOCK — 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