You're not crazy — the end of summer ritual that is the Humboldt County Fair is starting later than usual this year on Wednesday, Aug. 23, running through Monday, Sept. 4. ($10, $7 seniors 62 and over, $5 kids 6-12, free to kids under 6, free for kids after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday). Exhibits, 4-H animals and rides galore await.
Up for some stunts? Look up for the Cortes Family Aerial Show, with its flying trapeze stunts, and the Chicago Boyz, of America's Got Talent Fame, tumbling, trampolining and jumping rope. Both acts bound onto the stage for three shows a day. On Sunday, Aug. 31, Bull-O-Rama kicks up dust at 6 p.m. in the grandstands with bull and bronc riding.
While you're running the deep fried gauntlet of funnel cakes and curly fries, say hello to Ferndale's favorite foodie son and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri, who'll be presiding over the Surf and Turf BBQ contest on Thursday, Aug. 24 from noon to 6 p.m.
There'll be plenty of music, starting with country singer McKenna Faith playing opening night, Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. And if you're feeling lucky, the horse races are off and running in the afternoons Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4. Ladies Hat Day is Saturday, Sept. 2, so be sure to wear your finest for a chance to win a prize.