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Today at the fair

It's Valley First Credit Union Day at the Stanislaus County Fair.

HIGHLIGHTS: Junior Livestock auction, 8 a.m.; ice cream contest, 6 p.m.; Jurassic Journey dinosaur exhibit, noon to 11 p.m.; Budweiser Clydesdales parade, 5 p.m.

ARENA: Motocross, 7:30 p.m., $10 in addition to fair admission.

VARIETY FREE STAGE: The Temptations, 8:30 p.m.

CENTER STAGE: Project UPLIFT, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Forgiven by Grace, 3 to 5 p.m.; Threshold, 7 to 11 p.m.

COMMUNITY STAGE: Donnie and the Wayrads, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

STAGE 4: Percussionation, 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.; Suzy Haner Hypnosis Show, 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, or go past Soderquist for more parking.

ADMISSION: $10 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger.

INFORMATION: www.stancofair.com, 524-2660 or 668-1333

Out & About

Four things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Say "Bye Bye Birdie" with the Riverbank Community Theater as it stages the 1950s rock musical. Today, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. Del Rio Theater, Third Street and Highway 108, Riverbank. $8 to $14. 480-2601.

2 Get two-for-one as Chris Isaak and Boz Scaggs play the Ironstone Summer Concert Series. Today, 7:30 p.m. Ironstone Amphitheatre, Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. $45 to $225. 728-1251.

3 Smooth out your weekend with the smooth jazz sounds of Slim Man. Today, 8 p.m. Jacob's Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. $35 general, $45 reserved, $95 VIP. 491-7185.

4 Folk it up with Claudia Russell and the Folk Unlimited Orchestra. Today, 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $14 general, $17 reserved. 862-4490.

FREE FUN: Take the family out tomato tasting as Tyson Hill Farm and Kline Organic Produce host a free sampling of a variety of their tomatoes. Today and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scenic Nursery, 1313 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Free. 523-7978.

-- Marijke Rowland


75 YEARS AGO: Bud Coffee Field, the city-owned airport, was abandoned for aviation purposes and steps were started to transform it into a municipal golf course.

25 YEARS AGO: Coy Dailey, 68, a retired barber from Salida, won second place in the national Oldtime Senior fiddling championship, which was held in Weiser, Idaho.

-- Karen Aiello