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Opening day at the Stanislaus County Fair

Shawn Eltringham, 20, of the Lucky clover Ranch feeds a calf as he prepares cattle Thursday for open competition today at the fair.  Eltringham is from Phelan in San Bernardino County.
Shawn Eltringham, 20, of the Lucky clover Ranch feeds a calf as he prepares cattle Thursday for open competition today at the fair. Eltringham is from Phelan in San Bernardino County. Modesto Bee

With high-flying rides, livestock shows and music makers, the Stanislaus County Fair began it's 10-day run Friday.

TODAY AT THE FAIR

It's Western Valley Insurance Seniors' Free Day at the Stanislaus County Fair. Fairgoers 65 and older are admitted free and can ride the carousel for free.

  • HIGHLIGHTS: Jurassic Journey dinosaur exhibit, noon-11 p.m.; BBQ ribs contest and judging, 6 p.m.; Backcountry Horsemen 4-H/FFA Mini Pack Clinic, 1, 3 and 6 p.m.; Percussionation, 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.
  • ARENA: Truck and tractor pulls, 6:30 p.m. $10 in addition to fair admission.
  • VARIETY FREE STAGE: Bowling for Soup, 8:30 p.m.
  • CENTER STAGE: Blue & Red Circus Band, 3-6 p.m.; Little Big Band, 7-11 p.m.
  • COMMUNITY STAGE: Jukebox Heroes, 5:45-8:30 p.m.
  • STAGE 4: Percussionation, 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.; hypnotist Suzy Haner, 8:30 and 10 p.m.
  • HOURS: Gates open at noon; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at 1 a.m.
  • WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and turn east.
  • For parking, turn right on Soderquist Road. Go past Soderquist for more parking.

  • ADMISSION: $10 for adults (free today for ages 65 and older), $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger.
  • INFORMATION: www.stancofair.com, 524-2660 or 668-1333
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