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2017 Fairtime Contests & Special Events

Sonoma County Fair

Come Out and Play!

This is your chance to take center stage! You can blow a giant bubblegum bubble, build a LEGO Leprechaun Trap, demonstrate your loudest scream, make a milk moustache and show the world how much you and your mother look alike. In honor of the Fair’s holiday theme this year we have added contests for just about every holiday. That includes the Gingerbread House Decorating, a Dreidel Tournament, Name the States!, the Irish Potato Toss, Mummy Wrap and the Easy Bake Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off. There are contests every day of the Fair. All contests are free to participants with Fair admission, and everyone who enters gets a ribbon. Any fairgoer old enough to stand on stage is welcome in most contests. Check the contest description for age requirements, and details on each contest. The times listed below may change. So… stop by any Information Booth and get a copy of the day’s schedule when you get to the Fair.

Bubblegum Bubble Blowing

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 4 - 2:15 pm
• August 7 - 4:00 pm
• August 8 - 2:15 pm
• August 9 - 3:45 pm
Where? Barnyard

The Fair will provide each contestant with one piece of bubblegum. Contestants must use gum supplied by the Fair. All contestants will begin chewing their gum at approximately the same time. Contestants will compete in heats, with each contestant blowing no more than three bubbles. Winners from each heat will come back at the end of the contest to blow three more bubbles in the finals. Contestants will use the same piece of gum for the entire competition. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Bunny Hop

An Easter Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 3 - 2:30 pm
Where? Community Theater

This is a race, but instead of running, you have to hop (like a bunny!). Racers will compete in heats, divided by age and hopping skill. Sign up at least 10 minutes before the races begin.

Dreidel Tournament

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 5 - 4:00 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This tournament is just for fun, and amateur and experienced players are welcome to join in. Contestants must use equipment provided by the Fair, and must abide by the decisions of Fair staff. If you have never spun a dreidel before, this is your chance to give it a try. If you are a master with the dreidel, come and show the world your skills! We provide everything you need, so come prepared to play. Sign up at least ten minutes before the tournament begins.

Easter Egg Coloring

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 3 - 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Each participant will get to decorate one or more eggs (depending on how many people want to participate). Everything will be provided, including eggs, egg dye and all needed equipment. To join in, look for the tent on the Community Theater lawn.

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers ages 5 & up
When?
• August 12 - 1:00 to 4:00 pm
• August 13 - 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Finley Hall

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Each team of two or more will bake a pumpkin pie in an authentic Easy-Bake Oven. You will be given a recipe and all the ingredients so all you have to do is follow the recipe and bake a very small pie. All materials and equipment will be provided. You will not be using a mix, so be ready to bake from scratch. Teams may consist of adults and/or children, but if one member of the team is between 5 & 8 years old, at least one other team member must be 12 or older. Adult teams are more than welcome. Only twelve teams can bake in at a time (we only have 12 ovens), so report in early to reserve a spot. You’ll be told when you can return to start baking. To take part in this contest, go to Finley Hall to sign up on August 12 or 13 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

Egg Hunt

An Easter Event

When?
• August 3 - 1:30 pm (Kids, ages 10 & under)
• August 3 - 4:00 pm (All ages hunt!)
Where? Community Theater

This is just like an Easter Egg Hunt, but we’re going to hold it in the middle of the summer. No baskets needed, since no one is going to get that many eggs. (We’re expecting lots of hunters!)There is no lower age limit for this contest, but remember that no one older than 10 years old will be allowed out on the egg hunting field for the 1:30 pm hunt. (That means no parents along to help out.) The 4:00 pm hunt is open to all, including adults. Sign up at least 10 minutes before the hunt begins.

Egg Roll

An Easter Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 3 - 2:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

Every year at Easter time they hold an egg roll at the White House. If you’ve wondered what that’s all about and would like to take part, here’s your chance. Each contestant will be given an egg and a spoon. You must move the egg along the course using just the spoon. Speed is your goal if you want to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. Sign up by 2:00 pm

Family Look-Alike Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 4 - 3:00 pm (Family Fun Stage)
• August 12 - 2:15 pm (Barnyard Stage)
Where? Family Fun Stage & Barnyard Stage

Our judges (the audience) will be looking for contestants who look the most alike. Contestants may enter in one or more of the following categories: father/son, mother/daughter, cousins, brother/brother, sister/sister or sister/brother. Contestants are encouraged to dress alike if they think it will help their chances. This year, in honor of Grandparents Day families who bring the most generations (grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.) to the Fair on August 11 will win special prizes. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Free Throw Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 4 - 5:45 pm
• August 8 - 3:00 pm
• August 11 - 5:45 pm
Where? South of Hall of Flowers, by Family Fun Stage

Each contestant will be given the opportunity to attempt 5 basketball free throws. The top scorers will go into a final round. The first 20 contestants signed up will be in the contest. To enter, be there no later than 15 minutes before the start of the contest to register. Age divisions may be established, depending on who enters the contest. Meet and sign up just north of Hall of Flowers, by Family Fun Stage.

Fruitcake Toss

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 5 - 6:00 pm
Where? South Pasture

Fruitcake has become a traditional (and sometimes unwanted) gift for some during the winter holidays. Comedians talk about the fruitcake that is regifted in families until it is totally inedible. For this contest, you are invited to toss that now-indestructible fruitcake. The goal is to toss a fruitcake in a more-or-less straight line for the longest distance. The longest toss in each age group will win. Awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the South Pasture no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 5 - 3:30 pm
Where? Finley Hall

Gingerbread houses have become an important part of many people’s holiday season. Each team will use the kit supplied to create a decorated gingerbread house. At the end of the allotted time, the houses will be judged. The judges will be looking at the finished product (the house) and the teamwork that went into creating the work of art. We have a limited supply of kits, so we ask that teams be as large as possible. So your family should enter as one team. (Think of it as a test of your ability to work together!). If you don’t have a team, or there are only two or three of you, we will put you together with some other people to make a team. Adults are welcome to join in, but remember everyone on the team must be involved! A limited number of teams will be signed up for the contest, so come and sign up between 3:00 and 3:15 pm.

Grape Expectoration (Grape Spitting Contest)

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
•August 3 - 7:00 pm
•August 7 - 3:00 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

The object is to spit the grape in a more-or-less straight line for the longest distance. The contest is open to spitters of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for the greatest distance a grape travels. Each contestant will choose a grape from the bowl of grapes on stage, step up to the line (on stage) and spit. The distance from the spitter to the first time the grape lands is the official distance. After all contestants have spit their grapes, awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Great American Pumpkin Toss

A Fall Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all ages
When? August 12 - 2:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

If you have ever wanted to throw vegetables in competition, this is the event for you. The object is to toss a pumpkin in a more-or-less straight line for the longest distance. The longest toss in each age group will win. After all contestants have had a turn to toss their pumpkins, awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the Community Theater no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Great Irish Potato Toss

A St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 10 - 3:30 pm
Where? Community Theater

If you have ever wondered how well you could toss a potato over a distance, this is the event for you. The object is to toss a potato into a target. The most accurate tosses in each age group will win. After all contestants have had a turn to toss their potatoes, awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the Community Theater no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Great St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt!

A St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Ages 10 & up
When? August 10 - 7:00 pm
Sign-ups begins at 6:00 pm
Where? South Pasture

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like a pot of gold. In this Treasure Hunt, you may not find a pot of gold, but a gold coin may be in your future. To search for any gold the leprechauns may have left behind, meet at the South Pasture on August 10 to sign up. Treasure hunters ages 10 and up will draw for the section of pasture that will be theirs to search. At the signal, the hunt is on, and each treasure hunter gets to keep any treasure their find in their patch. There is a limit, so be on time to sign up! Sign ups begin at 6:00 pm on August 10.

Halloween Costume Contest

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 12 - 4:15 pm
• August 13 - 4:15 pm
Where? Barnyard Stage

You need to wear a costume to Trick or Treat at the Fair, so plan to enter the Costume Contest as well! There will be divisions for home-made and purchased costumes, and for adults as well as kids. Winners will receive Halloween-themed prizes, and fun Fair stuff. Sign in at the Barnyard Stage before the contest starts.

‘Ho Ho Ho!’ Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 6 - 6:45 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

Everyone knows Santa’s famous line, but the question is…how well can you Ho Ho Ho? Each contestant will get a chance to ‘Ho Ho Ho’ for an audience of devoted Santa fans, who will be judging the contest. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up near the stage at least 10 minutes before the contest.

Jingle Bells Singing Contest

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 6 - 1:45 pm
Where? Kids Area

Groups of fairgoers must sing ‘Jingle Bells’ a capella (without accompanying music). If you are feeling brave, try it as a round. The Fair will provide will provide a copy of the words for each participant. Don’t worry about perfection! We’re looking for creativity and enthusiasm! This is a contest for participants, not spectators. Candy canes and ribbons for all! If you do not have a team, we will help you find one. To enter, come to the Kids Area and sign up before the start time.

Jump Rope Contest

Sponsored by Green Toys

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 11 - 5:45 pm
Where? Kids Area

Contestants must use Fair-supplied Green Toys jump ropes to compete in two categories. In the speed category, each contestant will try to get the most jumps in a ten second period. In the Jump Rope Marathon, the contest is to see who can jump the longest without a miss. Sign up at the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

LEGO Leprechaun Trap Contest

Sponsored by The ToyWorks

A St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 10 - 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Where? Finley Hall

We provide the LEGOs, you create the ultimate Leprechaun Trap. Contestants may spend as much time as they want on their entry, but all work must be done during the contest time using only materials provided by the Fair (LEGOS!). After completion, entries will go on display until the judging begins. Judges decisions will be no later than one hour after the conclusion of the contest. If the winners are not present, their prizes will be mailed. This is an individual competition — each person may create one entry. Team entries are not acceptable, and no one may help with another entry. To take part in this contest, check in outside Finley Hall on August 10.

Light Stick Light Shows!

New Year's & Independence Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 4 - 9:30 pm
• August 8 - 9:30 pm
Where? Linwood Avenue, by Founders Grove

Picture hundreds of tiny lights shooting up in the sky! That’s our home-made light show, made up of many, many colored light sticks flying through the sky. We will start with a countdown, and then…they’re off! The best place to watch the show is on Linwood Avenue, at the south end of the Main Carnival Lot. Join us there as it gets dark (about 9:30 pm). It won’t last long, so don’t be late!

Little Farmer Diaper Derby

Sponsored by Green Toys

A Farmers Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers under 12 months of age as of 8/6/17.
When? August 6 - 3:00 pm
Where? Kids Area

This is a Farmers Day event for the very youngest. The object is to cross the finish line by crawling faster than the other contestants. Parents or other spectators will not be allowed to assist contestants. Parents may use a bottle or toy to coax the child to crawl to them but may not step between the starting line and the finish line during the Derby. Contestants may not stand up or walk during the Derby. Breaking of any rule will disqualify the contestant. The winner gets a trophy; all contestants will receive a ribbon & a hat. The big winner will also receive a special set of toys from the people at Green Toys. To sign up, register at the Kids Area 15 minutes before the contest.

Little Leprechaun Costume Contest

A St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all kids
When? August 10 - 1:30 pm
Where? Kids Area

Kids of all ages are invited to dress up like leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day at the Fair. There will be divisions for home-made and purchased costumes. Winners will receive St. Patrick’s Day prizes, and fun Fair stuff. Sign in at the Barnyard Stage before the contest starts.

Look Like A Pirate Costume Contest

A Pirate Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all ages
When? August 9 - 5:45 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

This is a costume contest & more! You need to dress like a pirate and act like a pirate, so you ‘Look Like A Pirate! There will be divisions for home-made and purchased costumes, and for adults as well as kids. Winners will receive fun Fair stuff. Sign in at the Family Fun Stage before the contest starts.

Make A Leprechaun Trap

A St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 10 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

Use our collection of odds and ends to create the ultimate Leprechaun Trap. Contestants may spend as much time as they want on their entry, but all work must be done during the contest time using only materials provided by the Fair. After completion, entries will go on display until the judging begins. Judges decisions will be no later than one hour after the conclusion of the contest. If the winners are not present, their prizes will be mailed. This is an individual competition — each person may create one entry. Team entries are not acceptable, and no one may help with another entry. To take part in this contest, check in at the tent on the Community Theater lawn to sign up between 2:00 & 4:00 pm on August 10.

Mask Making

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 12 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
• August 13 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Create a mask to celebrate Halloween a little early. (If you didn’t bring the costume needed to Trick or Treat at the Fair, you can wear a mask instead!) . You may take as much time as you want to create your mask, but keep in mind…Trick or Treating is only from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on August 12 & 13, and from 8:00 - 9:00 pm on August 12. To make a mask, check in at the tent on the Community Theater lawn between 2:00 & 4:00 pm on August 12 & 13.

Milk Moustache Contest

Who Can Enter? Kids, age 10 & under*
When?
• August 3 - 3:00 pm
• August 8 - 1:30 pm
Where? Kids Area

Each contestant will be given a half-cup of whole milk. [Contestants will have a choice of chocolate or white milk.] Contestants have two minutes to make a milk moustache. A mirror will be provided for contestants’ use. Contestants who spill undue amounts of milk on the stage will be disqualified. Sign up at the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest.
*There is no lower age limit for this contest, but all contestants must go up on the stage by themselves (without help from their parents).

Mummy Wrap

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 12 - 3:45 pm (Barnyard Stage)
• August 13 - 1:30 pm (Kids Area)
Where? Barnyard Stage and Kids Area

Halloween comes early to the Fair this year, and in addition to lots of Halloween activities, we’re making mummies. Fairgoers of all ages are invited to put together mummy-wrapping teams. One person on the team gets wrapped up like a mummy with toilet paper, and you have to use it all! Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Name the States

An Independence Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 8 - 3:45 pm
Where? Park Stage

This is a solo event. Each contestant will be given a map of the United States, and a pen to write the names of the states on the map. In the bonus round, each team will identify the state capitols. Teams may include contestants of all ages. If you don’t have a team, we will find one for you. This is an individual competition; no team entries. Sign up at the Park Stage by 3:45 pm on August 8.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

An Earth Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 7 - 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Around the Grounds

In honor of Earth Day, you are invited to search out plants and other natural materials around the fairgrounds. Stop by any Information Booth for an entry form. All participants will receive a small prize and a ribbon. Those who successfully find all the items on the list will be entered in a drawing for a prize basket filled with goodies. You can enter as an individual, or a team, but if you are hunting with others, you need to enter as a team. Complete your entry between 12:00 and 4:00 pm on August 7.

New Year’s Countdown & Balloon Release

New Year's Event

When?
• August 4 - 4:00 pm (Park Stage)
• August 4 - 5:30 pm (Mexican Village)
• August 4 - 7:15 pm (Park Stage)
Where? Park Stage & Mexican Village

We don’t have giant ball to drop like they do in Time Square, but for our celebration of New Year’s we will still sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and do a countdown. Then comes the balloon drop, with hundreds of balloons dropping from the sky! You’re invited to come and take part on August 4, New Year’s Day at the Fair this year. There will be three celebrations, at 4:00, 5:30 and 7:15 pm.

On-the-Spot Patriotic Singing Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 8 - 4:00 pm
Where? Park Stage

For this contest, you can sing any one patriotic song of your choice. This is an on-the-spot singing contest, which means you don’t sign up ahead of time to enter, you just show up at least 15 minutes early and you are in the contest! Bring a recording of the music if you want to sign along with music. Contestants will be divided into age categories. Don’t expect really big prizes, but there will be rosettes and all contestants will receive fun Fair prizes.

On-the-Spot Winter Holiday Singing Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 6 - 2:15 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

For this contest, you can sing any one winter holiday-themed song of your choice. It might be a Christmas or Hanukah song, or maybe a song about snowmen. This is an on-the-spot singing contest, which means you don’t sign up ahead of time to enter, you just show up at least 15 minutes early and you are in the contest! Bring a recording of the music if you want to sign along with music. Contestants will be divided into age categories. Don’t expect really big prizes, but there will be rosettes and all contestants will receive fun Fair prizes.

Pancake Races!

A Mardi Gras Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 3 - 2:15 pm
Where? Community Theater

Speed is the name of the game in this contest. In addition to running at top speed through our ‘town’, each contestant will be carrying a pancake in a frying pan. As they run, they are encouraged to try to flip the pancake. If they lose their pancake, they must stop and pick it up.

Why pancake races? In some parts of the world Mardi Gras, or the day before Ash Wednesday, is known as Pancake Day. Pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake. Participation awards for all, special prizes & ribbons for the fastest in each age group. For all races, sign up on the spot by 2:15 pm on August 3.

Pirate Swagger Contest for Kids

A Pirate Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to ages 12 & under
When? August 9 - 1:45 pm
Where? Kids Area

You can tell a pirate by the way he (or she!) moves. Kids ages 12 & under go on stage and show the audience how pirates swagger. The dictionary definition is ‘walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way. That certainly sounds like a pirate! Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Mardi Gras Parade

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? Every Day of the Fair @ 5:00 pm
Where? South of Showcase Café

Do you belong to a marching group, a synchronized stroller brigade, or a band that likes to walk in parades? Do you have a parade float that you’d like to bring to the Fair? If so, let us know and we will find a place for you at the 2017 Sonoma County Fair Parade. Even if you don’t sign up ahead of time, you are welcome to join the parade any day of the Fair. Just show up and we will put you in the parade. Participants must be at the parade staging area (the plaza in front of Saralee & Richard’s Barn) at 4:45 PM. The parade starts at 5 pm each day, and lasts about 15 - 20 minutes. Awards will be given to exceptional entries in the Fair Parade. We will be watching for outstanding costumes and fantastic entries of all kinds!

Present Pile-Up

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 5 - 3:00 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

This is a team (two people) event. If you don’t have a partner, we’ll find you one before the start of the contest. Each member of the team gets a chance to be a ‘piler’ and a ‘holder’ before the contest is over. You will be given a huge pile of wrapped boxes. One member of the team piles the boxes in the arms of their partner (the ‘holder’). The object is to hold as many boxes as possible without dropping them. Contestants get credit for the number of boxes they can hold for at least 15 seconds.

Present Wrap-Up

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 5 - 1:30 pm (Kids Area)
• August 6 - 4:15 pm (Barnyard Stage)
Where? Kids Area & Barnyard Stage

This is a team event. Teams can be any size, but there must be at least three people on a team. Contestants who do not have teams will be assigned to teams at the start of the contest. One person on the team gets wrapped up like a present for a traditional winter holiday. It might be Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Your team gets wrapping paper, ribbon and lots of tape. You must cover the entire “present” with paper (except for the head)!

Rock’em Sock’em Robots Tournament

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 8 - 7:00 pm
• August 11 - 7:00 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

Each player will take the part of Red Rocker or Blue Bomber as they play Rock’em Sock’em Robots, the classic game from 1966 in which the battling robots try to knock each other's blocks off. (Actually, it’s a pair of plastic robots manipulated by a hand-held controller.)

The object of the game is to keep your robot in one piece while bringing down your opponent. In this tournament, contestants will have to do just that, over and over again. In the early rounds, contestants will be paired with players of similar ages. The winners in the first round of games will play again in the next round. This will continue until we have our winners. If you enter this contest, you can expect to face players of different ages as you advance in competition. Age and physical ability don’t have a lot to do with results in this contest, so everyone has a chance to win! We provide everything you need, so come prepared to play. Sign up at least ten minutes before the tournament begins.

Scarecrow Building Contest

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• Every Day at the Fair @ 12:30 pm
• August 3 - 12:00 pm (special start time)
Where? Barnyard Stage

Teams of contestants will be given a scarecrow frame and an assortment of scarecrow clothes and accessories. Using these (and as much straw as you need) you will construct a scarecrow. You must use materials provided by the Fair. Scarecrows must be completed within the 30 minute time period. Judging will be done by a panel of independent experts. Scarecrows will remain on display all day long. To enter, bring your team to Barnyard Stage and sign up by 12:20 pm. There is a limit of eight teams each day.

Scarecrow UN-Building

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? Every Day at the Fair @ 6:00 pm
Where? Barnyard Stage

Teams of contestants (we will find you a team if you come alone) will dismantle a scarecrow. Each team will 1) remove clothes and straw from a scarecrow, 2) shake and fold clothes, 3) pile up straw and return it to the bag. Prizes will be awarded to the quickest (and neatest) team. Sign up at the Barnyard Stage by 5:50 pm.

(Senior Day) Oldest, Longest Most Contests

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 11 - 1:30 pm
Where? Park Stage

A special Senior Day program will be held on August 11 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Shade Park (south of Grace Pavilion). Local agencies and companies offering services to seniors will be on hand with information and give-aways. Anyone 60 years or older will be admitted to the Fair free that day. At 2:00 pm, a contest will be held to award prizes to members of the audience in the following categories: Oldest & Longest Married Couple, Most Grandchildren, and Longest Resident in Sonoma County. No pre-registration is needed; just show up to be in the contests.

SCREAM!

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 7 - 5:45 pm (Family Fun Stage)
• August 8 - 6:00 pm (Family Fun Stage)
• August 13 - 3:45 pm (Barnyard Stage)
Where? Family Fun & Barnyard Stage

Screaming just seems to go with the Fair. People scream on the roller coaster, they scream at the racetrack, and kids are always screaming at their parents. In this contest, fairgoers of all ages will scream for prizes, with special prizes awarded to the loudest, most piercing screams. This contest will be judged by the audience. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Stroller Races

Who Can Enter? Ages 13 & under
When?
• August 3 - 6:00 pm
• August 7 - 2:00 pm
Where? Kids Area

The Fair will provide strollers for all contestants. Stuffed Animals will be provided to ride in the strollers. Contestants must push the stroller around the course. Racers will compete in heats on an asphalt course. Sign up at the Kids Area before the contest.

Talk Like A Pirate

A Pirate Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 9 - 3:00 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

Pirates seem to have a language all their own. It starts with “aargh” and goes from there. Each contestant will be asked to say something in pirate, and may be asked to tell what a word means or use it in a sentence. For example: what does ‘aargh” mean? (Hint: ‘Oh, No!’ is one a definition, and a sentence using the word is ‘Aargh, the cat ate my cookie!’) Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Sign up at the stage by 3:00 pm on August 9.

Tankard Lift

A Pirate Day & St. Patrick's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 9 - 2:15 pm
• August 10 - 2:15 pm
Where? Park Stage

Drinking (ale & beer) seems to be a big part of pirate life, and St Patrick’s Day. In honor of both, this contest is a test of strength. How long can you hold up a tankard? The tankard will be filled with water for this contest. Each contestant will be timed as they hold the tankard straight out, without allowing the tankard to dip. After all contestants have had their turn, times will be compared and those who have held their tankards up the longest will receive fun prizes. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Tree Decorating Contest

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 5 - 2:00 pm (Kids Area)
• August 6 - 3:30 pm (Community Theater)
Where? Kids Area & Community Theater

In A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Peanuts gang took pity on Charlie Brown and decorated his pathetic little tree. The result was a beautiful Christmas tree. In this contest, groups of fairgoers will be given a chance to transform an artificial tree into a work of art. The Fair will provide art supplies and the trees.

Each team will use holiday supplies (wrapping paper, bows, felt pens, glue and more crafty stuff) to create decorations for their tree. Don’t worry about perfection - we’re looking for creativity and sincerity!

At the end of the allotted time, the trees will be judged. The judges will be looking at the finished product (the tree) and the teamwork that went into creating the work of art.

If you do not have a team, we will help you find one. Adults are welcome to join in, but remember--everyone on the team must be involved! To enter, come and sign up before the start time. A limited number of teams will be signed up for the contest, so arrive early!

Trick or Treat!

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 12 - 3:00 to 4:00 pm
• August 12 - 8:00 to 9:00 pm
• August 13 - 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Around the Grounds

Wear your best Halloween costume and Trick or Treat on the last weekend of the Fair! You need a costume or a mask to Trick or Treat, so dig into your closet and put together a Halloween costume. If you don’t come in costume, you can make a mask at the Fair (2:00 - 4:00 pm, Community Theater). Stop off at any Information Booth and get a Trick or Treat map. You can Trick or Treat around the fairgrounds and collect your early-Halloween treats. All ages are welcome to join in. Trick or Treating lasts from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and again from 8:00 to 9:00 pm on August 12, and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on August 13. Go door to door and follow the time-honored tradition: knock & say ‘trick or treat!’

Ugly Shoes Contest

Sponsored by Santa Rosa Shoes

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers wearing adult-sized shoes
When? August 13 - 5:45 pm
Where? Family Fun Stage

The contestant wearing the most beat-up, lived-in, ugliest pair of shoes will be the winner of a new pair of New Balance™ shoes. Judges will be looking for shoes that have come by their “battle scars” honestly - these shoes should be old friends that have been worn until they are ready to fall apart. Contestants must wear their shoes to the contest. Sign up at the Community Theater no later than 10 minutes before the contest. Winners will be able to go to Santa Rosa Shoes to pick out their new shoes.

Valentine Crafts

A Valentine's Day Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 11 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Using the materials provided, create a Valentine’s Day card for your sweetie. If you want, the Fair will mail your card for you! To make a card, check in at the tent on the Community Theater lawn between 2:00 & 4:00 pm on August 11.

Wait for the Great Pumpkin

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 12 - 6:45 pm
Where? Shade Park

Every Halloween, Linus waits in the most sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arrive and give out toys to children. As far as we know, Linus is still waiting. This year, fairgoers are invited to get an early start as we set up our pumpkin patch (complete with light-up fake pumpkins) in Shade Park on Saturday night, starting at 6:45 pm. We’ll be singing Halloween carols, serving apple cider & other treats and thinking sincere thoughts.

Win A Very Early Thanksgiving Dinner!

A Thanksgiving Event

Sponsored by Casual Catering

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
Deadline? July 10

Here’s your chance to win a Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings, served to you and 19 of your friends and family members at the Fair. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at the Fair on August 12, and Casual Catering will be cooking a full Thanksgiving Dinner for the winner of our ‘My Most Interesting Thanksgiving’ contest. All you have to do to enter is make a short video telling about your most ‘interesting’ Thanksgiving experience. That might mean your worst Thanksgiving, your best, or maybe just the Thanksgiving that left you with the strangest story to tell. Just send your video in no later than Tuesday, July 10. One lucky winner will receive Fair tickets for 20 people to come and eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, all the other trimmings and of course, pie!) on August 12, Thanksgiving Day at the Fair. Larry Pietrobon of Casual Catering loves to cook Thanksgiving Dinner, so he’s planning to make this a meal to remember!

Wreath Decorating

A Winter Holiday Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When?
• August 5 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
• August 6 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where? Community Theater

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Using the materials provided, decorate a holiday wreath to take home. To decorate a wreath, check in at the tent on the Community Theater lawn between 2:00 & 4:00 pm on August 11.

Zombie Gathering

A Halloween Event

Who Can Enter? Open to all fairgoers
When? August 13 - 7:00 pm
Where? Redwood Credit Union Plaza

Zombies of all persuasions are invited to come and mill around the fairgrounds together. Face painting will be available for those who want to join in at the last minute. Meet at the Redwood Credit Union Plaza and mill around as we celebrate Halloween a little early this year. The event begins at 7:00 pm According to our research, a group of zombies is most often referred to as a horde . If an area as small as the fairgrounds has a group of zombies, it is called an infestation of zombies. If the entire town was taken over, it would be called a plague of zombies. Our goal is to gather something between a horde and a plague of zombies for this gathering. Come join us!


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