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.

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