Listen carefully: Can you hear the '80s metal, the children's laughter, the PA from the horse track? Combined, these sounds can only mean one thing: It's time for the Humboldt County Fair ($8, $6, $4). The fair retakes its throne at the Humboldt County Fair Grounds from Thursday, Aug. 14 to Sunday, Aug. 24. That's 11 days of horse races, carnival rides, local bands, livestock auctions, exhibits and guest emcees.
The fair opens with a parade (free) on Thursday, Aug. 14, featuring Supervisor Rex Bohn atop a camel. Yes, a civic leader riding a dromedary; who could ask for anything more?! There are a slew of days with free entry, including Senior Day on Friday, Aug. 15, Free Day on Monday, Aug. 18 and Kids Free Day (12 and under) on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The races ($3), which run at 2 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, also have a couple of free days: Friday, Aug. 22 is free thanks to Pierson Building Center and ladies with hats will get in free Saturday, Aug. 23.
Let's not forget the special guests! Legendary racer Mario Andretti will be on the Midway Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. and local-boy-turned-superstar-chef Guy Fieri will emcee the races on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Every fair day features live, local music at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., except for Wednesday, which has performances at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Between sets you can hit the carnival, fill your gut with cotton candy and peruse the exhibits in Belotti and Hindley halls. Wear comfortable shoes, bring the fam and take in everything the fair has to offer.