New theme embraces holidays through the year
The Sonoma County Fair returns this week for the 81st year, bringing with it fun, food and flowers, rides and racing and shows of the musical, artistic, culinary and livestock varieties.
The fair opens today, Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 13. Wine Country Racing, the annual horse race program (which also features mules) take place Aug. 3-6, Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 18-20 (after the conclusion of the fair). Each Sunday of racing will also feature the “Derby Dog Dash” a 50-yard race for canine speedsters, and Aug. 3 will be Hat Day at the races, with prizes for best racing theme, most glamorous, most outrageous and grand prize.
The theme this year of “Holidaze” means that each day special activities will be focused around the celebration of one or two holidays, such as Easter (Aug. 3), New Year’s and Grandparents Day (Aug. 4), Winter and National Beer Day (Aug. 5-6), Earth Day (Aug. 7), Independence Day and Veterans Day (Aug. 8), Talk Like Pirate Day (Aug. 9), St. Patrick’s Day (Aug. 10), Valentine’s Day (Aug. 11), Halloween (Aug. 12-13), Thanksgiving (Aug. 12) and Dia De Los Muertos (Aug. 13).
These holiday themes will also be a part of the famed flower show in the Hall of Flowers, Holidays In Bloom. According to the fair website, “The centerpiece will showcase a 40-foot Christmas tree decorated to the hilt and surrounded in water. Look forward to lingering in the Mexican cemetery of pastel monuments and colorful décor of Dia de los Muertos as you make your way for the livelier…
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