June 18, 2014

Bee in Turlock: Competition gets underway at fairgrounds

The Stanislaus County Fair doesn’t officially kick off its 10-day run until July 11, but events already are taking place at the fairgrounds.

The Stanislaus County Fair doesn’t officially kick off its 10-day run until July 11, but events already are taking place at the fairgrounds.

Competition got underway last week with the junior rodeo and the open English show. The upcoming days also will be busy, with a number of events featuring young people competing on horseback.

“Horses are a symbol of the Stanislaus County Fair,” Horse Department Superintendent Carl Richter said in a news release. He noted that the draft horse has been a part of the fair’s logo “for as long as I can remember. The 4-H, FFA and open horse exhibitors have been a long-standing tradition that keeps our community connected with our fair.”

The quadrille is at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the open Western Show at 6:30. Sunday will see competitors in cutting and open cattle classes, at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. And the action continues Monday with English riding at 7:30 a.m. and single horse cart class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4-H and FFA members will be judged for showmanship, followed by Western. This session begins at 7:30 a.m. And Wednesday, 4-H and FFA members will compete in Gymkhana starting at 7:30 a.m.

Elsewhere around town:

Pitman High School baseball player Coleton Horner, who ended the regular season last month with a 26-game hitting streak that will be active for his senior season in 2015, got a hit June 7 in the Modesto Sunrise Rotary Baseball Classic at John Thurman Field.

Had he gone hitless, it wouldn’t have affected his official streak, since the Classic is an exhibition game. But getting hits is just what Horner does.

The city on Wednesday morning officially renamed a park path to honor the many Turlock residents with roots in India.

Singh Walkway is part of a green space that doubles as a stormwater basin along Cristoffersen Parkway in the northeast part of town.

Dr. Ram Saini, an Indian-American who has lived in Turlock since 1971, requested the name and paid for a sign. Singh was chosen because it is a common name for people of Indian descent. The City Council approved the change in November, and the dedication took place Wednesday.

And finally, there will be fireworks in Turlock this Independence Day.

Once again, the July Fourth show will be at the Stanislaus County Fairground on Broadway, where it moved in 2009. Prior to that, California State University, Stanislaus, hosted the fireworks display for 24 years. Many folks would like to see the fireworks return to the university, where the grassy slopes lend themselves to picnic blankets.

Officials familiar with the planning say there is a possibility the show will go back home in future years. For 2014, however, the fairgrounds it is. And that will be after a day downtown with a parade and car show planned on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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