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All's fair in Ventura County

August 04, 2005

With Wednesday's opening day in the rearview mirror, the 130th Ventura County Fair hits full stride heading into its first weekend of -- well, slip on your walking shoes. Over the next 11 days, visitors will plot a course through an expansive array of agricultural exhibits and livestock, a carnival and midway, all those foodstuff vendors, floriculture and hobby creations, plus several entertainment stages. Amid all that are many familiar side attractions, including the All Alaskan Racing Pigs and Uncle Leo's Barn (baby farm animals galore), which celebrates its 50th year at the fair. Grandstand arena attractions included in the price of admission: motorsports (tonight), professional rodeo (Aug. 13-14), and a hefty concert bill with Terri Clark & Julie Roberts (Friday), Los Tucanes de Tijuana (Sunday), Mel Tillis (Tuesday), the Wallflowers (Tuesday), Styx (Wednesday) and more.

Ventura County Fair, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Ends Aug. 14. Gates open at 11 a.m. weekdays (except Aug. 9, when guests can enter at 10 a.m.) and 10 a.m. weekends. Exhibits close at 10 p.m. $4 to $7. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, admission is $1. Carnival rides are extra. For special pricing and discounted admission days, call (805) 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

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