Fans line up early for Fifth Harmony at Stanislaus County Fair

pguerra@modbee.comJuly 16, 2014 

  • TODAY AT THE FAIR

    It’s Sutter Health Central Valley Region Night at the fair. Free gifts to the first 1,000 guests. It’s also Kids Day; children under 12 admitted free.

    WHAT TO DO: Take your children for a meet-and-greet with a superhero. Batman and Spider-Man will be at the community stage from 5 to 8 p.m.

    HIGHLIGHTS: Since it’s likely you’re going to have the kids with you, it’s good to know there’s a spot to change a diaper or just recharge. Emanuel Medical is sponsoring a “Mommy and Me” lounge, though dads are welcome, too.

    VARIETY FREE STAGE: Loverboy, 8:30 p.m.

    ARENA: Extreme Motocross and the Globe of Death, 6:30 p.m.

    CENTER STAGE: Chico Avila, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m..

    COMMUNITY STAGE: Silly String Band, 8 to 9:30 p.m.

    HOURS: Gates open at 5 p.m.; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at midnight.

    PARK ’N’ RIDE: 4:30 p.m. to midnight; park and ride free from Stanislaus State (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; $5 per vehicle.

    ADMISSION: $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older, free for 12 and younger

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

— If a young person gets out of bed in the pre-dawn hours around here this time of year – by choice – chances are he or she is headed to the Stanislaus County Fair. Most of these folks are showing an animal in competition. But the draw for the others, including about 20 people in line Wednesday: a popular musical act.

A couple of years ago, Big Time Rush drew the daylong wait in the sun. This year, it was all about Fifth Harmony.

The band, booked after Disney star Zendaya backed out of her scheduled performance, has been growing in popularity since forming on the “X Factor” television show. Last week, the girls performed in New York as part of the summer concert series on the “Today” morning show.

Locally, a radio station contest rewarded its winners with the chance to hop on a carnival ride with the five band members.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Silva, 19, and Whitney Boyarsky, 20, both of Modesto, arrived at the fair gate at 3 a.m. They were quickly followed by Emma Cordero, 12, of Ripon and Ximena Herrera, 12, of Livingston. Ximena’s mom dropped off the younger two.

All four said they didn’t mind waiting for the 8:30 p.m concert. Emma hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours. “Sleep is for the weak,” she said, laughing.

But why wait in the sticky heat of a Central Valley summer to grab premium seats at a free concert? Because they’re big fans of Fifth Harmony, of course.

“We want to be able to interact with them and to have the best experience,” Silva said.

Pointed out Boyarsky: “They’re up and coming. They probably won’t be back this way again.”

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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