The Mother Lode Fair will kick off its four-day run Thursday, offering rides, music, food, livestock and more.
The event will overlap with the neighboring Stanislaus County Fair, which runs Friday through July 20, and the California State Fair, which runs Friday through July 27. That should not prevent fans from enjoying this gem tucked into a hillside in the Gold Country town.
The Mother Lode event — the county fair for Tuolumne — has struggled, as have some of California’s other fairs, with the loss of state funding. The organizers nonetheless have provided a packed schedule of attractions, and the exhibit halls and barns will teem with entries from 4-H, FFA and individuals.
Some of the highlights:• Motorsports: Look for motocross at 7 p.m. Friday, truck and tractor pulls at 7 p.m. Saturday and the demolition derby at 6 p.m. Sunday.
• Main Stage music: Doobie Rock, a tribute to the Doobie Brothers, plays at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Thursday. Flying Blind is up at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday. Tom Drinnon performs at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Uplands Drive takes the stage at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, followed by Chains Required at 8 and 9:30 p.m. The Lava Cats play from 6 to 9 p.m. each night on the Sierra Stage.
• Carnival: The Supershot, Kite Flyer, Gravitron and more await on the midway.
• Livestock: The Junior Livestock Auction, featuring beef cattle and other large animals, will start Saturday with a 4 p.m. reception, with bidding an hour later. The Small Livestock Auction will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a barbecue.