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It's fair time!


The Sonoma-Marin Fair opens Wednesday, June 19 with a "Dog Days of Summer" theme celebrating all things canine, as well as the 25th anniversary of the fair hosting the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (See the story on page C1 for details on the contest).

"In keeping with the theme, we were able to get some comic strips about the World's Ugliest Dog Contest from the Charles Schulz Museum, which will be on display in Beverly Wilson Hall," said Pat Conklin, CEO of the fair. "The exhibit also has photos of past contest winners and canine heroes. We also have the Redwood Empire Kennel Club coming in throughout the week to teach people about the different breeds of dogs."

The K9 Kings return with a dog agility show each day of the fair. There will also be sheep dog trials on June 30.

In addition to the canine theme, the Sonoma-Marin Fair features a host of exhibits, displays and entertainment for a wide variety of interests.

"We do have a good, well-rounded fair, said Conklin. "There is something every day for everyone to do."

In addition to the usual livestock and arts and crafts exhibits, the fair features the North of the Golden Gate Wine Competition winners, along with wine tasting and the popular fair food and wine pairing class.

"We also have a jelly bean and wine tasting class," added Conklin. "It's fun and plays up the fact that we are a fair."

Local chefs will be presenting cooking demonstrations, and there will be make and go workshops for kids and adults.

Workshops on quilting and handwork, and even gardening will be offered each day of the fair.

There's also plenty for the kids, from the carnival rides and magic shows to funnel cake eating contests and a kids' pedal tractor pull.

For those who enjoy some smashed-up car fun, don't forget that the Destruction Derby and 150 Lap Enduro Race will be held on June 23. Admission to the Destruction Derby is an additional $5.

General admission to the fair is $15 adults, $10 kids ages 4-12 and $10 seniors 65 and older. Fair admission includes all carnival rides, entertainment and concerts.

Concerts

The Sonoma-Marin Fair presents evening concerts every night of the fair. Admission is free with fair admission.

The Marshall Tucker Band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. The band is best known for the hit singles "Heard It In A Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," and "Can't You See."

Country singer Kellie Pickler, American Idol's season five contestant and winner of Dancing With The Stars' current season, performs at 8 p.m. June 20. Pickler has three albums under her musical belt.

Kix Brooks, of the legendary country duo of Brooks & Dunn, is resuming his solo career. He will be performing tunes from his new album "New to This Town," at 8 p.m. June 21.

Canadian rock band Loverboy takes the stage at 8 p.m. June 22. The band is known for its string of hits, including "Working for the Weekend," "This Could Be the Night," and "Turn Me Loose."

The Sonoma-Marin Fair hosts its Fiesta Latina on June 23, featuring Latino bands and activities from 4 to 8 p.m.

For details and to view the entire schedule of Sonoma-Marin Fair events, go online to www.sonoma-marinfair.org.