Petaluma fair expects record year

  • Bill Cutting and his friend's son Kyle Wall, 7, ride the Wacky Worm on the last day of the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Children lassoed model steer, stuffed straw into scarecrows and rang old rusty farm dinner bells Sunday, the final day of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

The Ag-Ventureland booth at the Petaluma fairgrounds gave children like Alexis Ward, 10, a chance to milk a cow, albeit a plastic one.

"It's hard," the fifth-grader said, pulling a steady stream from the rubber udders.

"It takes a heavy hand, pull down," her mother, Tami Ward of Healdsburg, said.

Despite clouds that threatened rain, the lines for the twirling Tornado ride and lemonade ran long during the last afternoon of the five-day fair.

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