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California Corner: Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

September 15, 2002|Laurie K. Schenden

Lodi--The Grape & Harvest Fair, Sept. 19-22, has grape stomping contests, carnival rides, art, flower and animal exhibits, a children's area and a parade (12:30 p.m. Sept. 22). Fairgrounds. 4-11 p.m. Sept. 19; noon-midnight Sept. 20-21; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 22. $6; $3 ages 6-12. (209) 369-2771, www.grapefestival.com.

Solvang--Celebrate the Old World pageantry at Danish Days Sept. 20-22. Festivities will include a street dance, torchlight parade, Danish breakfast (Saturday-Sunday), folk dancing and the Danish Days Parade (2 p.m. Sept. 21). Downtown. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 20; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21-22. Free; breakfast $4.50-$5. (800) 468-6765, www.solvangusa.com.

Boonville--Apples and pig races are big draws at the Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show Sept. 20-22, along with carnival rides, wine tasting and a parade (noon Sunday). Fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-midnight Sept. 20 and 22; 8 a.m.-midnight Sept. 21. $6; $4 ages 13-18; $2 ages 7-12. (707) 895-3011, www.mendocountyfair.com.

Loomis--Eggplant Festival, Sept. 21, has classic cars, food booths, arts and crafts and entertainment down Taylor and Horse Shoe Bar roads. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (916) 652-7252, www.loomischamber.com.

Julian--The Lions Club 32nd annual Bluegrass Festival Sept. 21-22 will feature live bands, music workshops, vendors and food. Frank Lane Park. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $15 a day; 10 and younger free. (760) 765-1857, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com.

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Schenden's e-mail address is Lkschenden@hotmail.com.

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