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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

February 11, 2001|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

DAVIS--California Duck Days, Feb. 16-18, is a wetlands festival with field trips. Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. $8 per site pass (includes workshop and exhibits); $25 per day (includes field trips); $40 all-events pass. (800) 425-5001, Internet http://www.duckdays.org.

INDIO--View camel and ostrich races at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Feb. 16-25. Other offerings: a rodeo, an "Arabian Nights" show and carnival rides. Fairgrounds, Arabia Street. Gates open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $6; $5 seniors; $4 ages 5-12. (800) 811-FAIR or http://www.datefest.org.

CRESCENT CITY--Scamper north Feb. 18 for the World Championship Crab Races. Crab races, children's games, an art fair and a crab feed will fill Del Norte Fairgrounds. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; crab feed $7-$11. (800) 343-8300, http://www.northerncalifornia.net.

SANTA CRUZ--Scurry over to the Clam Chowder Cook-off on Feb. 24. Cooking begins at 10 a.m. in more than 40 booths along the boardwalk. At 1 p.m., the tasting begins. Cooks will be judged on best costume and best decorated booth. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 10 a.m. until the soup runs out. $6 buys five tickets. (831) 423-5590 or http://www.beachboardwalk.com.

MARYSVILLE--Pay homage to the Chinese water god Feb. 24 at the 121st Bok Kai Festival. A pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. (Silver Dollar Saloon, $3 donation) is followed by a parade at 11 a.m. with a 150-foot dragon. Martial arts demonstrations, children's activities, food in Yuba County Library Square. 7 a.m.-dusk. Free. (530) 741-6666.

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Schenden's e-mail address is lkschenden@msn.com.

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