In case there is any confusion about why something called the “Humboldt Made Fair” is being advertised as taking place during the week historically -- dating back to World War II, anyway -- reserved for your beloved “Redwood Acres Fair,” fear not. If you read the fine print, they’re -- kinda -- the same thing.
So, take a deep breath and say it with me: The Humboldt Made Fair at Redwood Acres -- okay, breathe again -- kicks off Thursday, June 23, and runs through Sunday, June 26. The name change is part of a rebranding attempt. Additions to the fair, spearheaded by the folks at Made in Humboldt, will naturally be Humboldt-centric with a focus on local products including food, beverage, arts and crafts. One night is slated to be a local film night. Another, a local music night.
But while the name and focus are slightly different, you’ll still be able to enjoy the usual fair delights. Organizer Cindy Bedingfield said they’re “adding to the fair, not taking anything away.”
Daily fair features include Humboldt Made Pavilion, midway rides, farmers' market, 4-H and wild animal shows. Humboldt Made additions include:
THURSDAY: Get popcorn stuck in your teeth at local-Film Night, featuring the Humboldt Made Video Award Showcase and screenings of Rural Rock and Roll and Jurassic Park. (Psst: Hey, organizers. The Lost World was filmed in Northern Humboldt, you know. Just sayin'.)
FRIDAY: Bring your geographically selective appetite to the Taste of Place Dinner showcasing Humboldt's local food and drink producers. Once gorged, stick around for a night of homegrown ear candy provided by Dr. Squid and Sour Cream.
SATURDAY: The Humboldt Crabs will endure hand cramps to sign merch for the kids while you grub down at the midday Barbecue Competition. Don't eat so much that you won't be light on your feet, because Humboldt Folklife Society is hosting a Contra Dance in the Home Ec Building with caller Mike Mulderig.
SUNDAY: The final day of the fair is officially dubbed Family Day and features the always endearing Exceptional Rodeo as well as a Chili Cook Off. See? They didn't mess with your fair.
Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. Note to small people: $25 will get you an all-day carnival wristband. Be savvy and go on Friday, when kids 6-12 get in free. Then, ride 'til you puke. That's called "fun."
(Some) change is good. For more info, check out www.humboldtmade.com.