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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.

Faces at the fair

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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.


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