It´s Mother Lode Fair time. The fair gates open for the 67th run Thursday at 4 p.m.
Carnival workers with Helm & Sons Amusements are busy pulling rides into place along the midway and getting booths and concessions shined and polished. Soon the fairgrounds off Stockton Road in Sonora will be filled with all the sights and sounds of summer in the Mother Lode.
Fair manager Jan Haydn-Myer said they have a full slate of entertainment and fun for the family once again this year.
Grandstand events include the AMP Motocross racing Thursday at 7 p.m., Redliner truck pulls both Friday and Saturday nights and the popular Destruction Derby Sunday afternoon starting at 5 p.m.
Entertainment abounds at numerous locations throughout the grounds. On the main Sonora Stage kicking things off Thursday night is Rain a tribute to the Beatles. They invade the stage at 8 p.m. and at 10 p.m. that night.
Friday night, Fortunate Son, a tribute band to Creedence Clearwater Revival plays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood performs a combination of funk, soul and blues.
Sunday Busta-Groove disco funk band gets the final night of the fair moving at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. as well.
Among daily acts are Marcan´s Adriatic Tigers, Michael Mezmer Hypnosis Extreme, and the Mother Lode Fair Idol competition. Live radio broadcasts by Sonora radio stations Star 92.7 KZSQ, Today´s County 93.5 KKBN and AM 1450 KVML will also be featured during the run of the fair.
The Junior Livestock Auction, always a huge community event, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the preview and buyer reception starting at 3 p.m.
Once again the fair admission ticket is good for all entertainment, grandstand shows and unlimited carnival rides.
Some Tuolumne County school students will be getting into the fair free Thursday. They earned the admission by reading 300 minutes during a five week period this summer vacation.
For more information and a schedule of events, click on motherlodefair.com