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News: 08/01/2017

Holidaze at the fair

Get ready to celebrate a White Christmas in August as the Sonoma County Fair rolls out 11 days of holiday fun, Aug. 3-13. This year’s theme, “Holidaze at the Sonoma County Fair,” will be packed with all of your favorite traditions, such as trick-or-treating, block parties, and beer drinking – yes, hops and barley imbibers can join in the celebration of National Beer Day!

Fairgoers will be awed by this year’s Hall of Flowers, themed “Holidays in Bloom” and designed to capture a cultural snapshot of each festivity. The centerpiece will showcase a 40-foot Christmas tree decorated to the hilt. Look forward to lingering in the Mexican cemetery of pastel monuments, and colorful décor in the livelier exhibits of Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy a celebratory beverage in the New Year’s Garden and stroll through the glorious floral interpretations of Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.

Kids will have a blast trick-or-treating around the fair, and guests of all ages will be invited for “Zombies on the Run.” There will be Easter egg hunts and a bunny hop, gingerbread house and tree decorating. Join in the search for a pot of real gold on St. Patrick’s Day. Renew your vows or celebrate a special anniversary on the big Ferris Wheel on Valentine’s Day. And in true fair fashion, look forward to celebrating some of the less traditional holidays, such as Talk Like A Pirate Day, Grandparent’s Day, Backwards Day, and more.

Treasured for its turf track and famous jockeys, Wine Country Racing returns Aug. 3-6, 10-13, and 18-20 (after the fair ends). Cheer on your favorite mount from the rail, free with fair admission. VIP seating, reserved boxes, and trackside dining are also available. Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as the more popular seating sections sell out fast.

Mark these Discount Days on your calendar; you won’t want to miss them. Thursdays are Kids’ Days; children 12 and younger receive free general admission to the fair every Thursday. Fridays are Senior Days; seniors 60+ receive free general admission to the fair every Friday. The Sonoma County Fair is excited to announce Dollar Day on Monday, Aug. 7. Visit any Bank of Marin between July 6 and Aug. 7 to get a coupon for $1 Fair Admission. Coupons will be redeemed at any of the admission gates for entry on Monday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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