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The Mother Lode Fair in Sonora is ready for four days of fun, taking place from Thursday July 4th through Sunday July 7th.

Ken Alstott, Mother Lode Fair CEO, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day.”

Alstott is excited for this year’s fair that will include fireworks on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night.

The theme of the Fair this year is “How Sweet It Is” and Alstott hopes that returning crowds will see the things that makes the local fair both sweet and fun.

“On Thursday, the Fourth of July, there will be a free concert provided by the Tribes of Tuolumne County. It will take place in the Grandstand Arena featuring local favorite Jennifer Grant. She has just released her third country single” said Alstott. “She will be followed by Bonnie Bishop and the headlining act is the Paul Thorn Band.”

The new hours are:

Thursday, July 4 – 3PM to Midnight

Friday, July 5 – 3PM to Midnight

Saturday, July 6 – 3PM to Midnight

Sunday, July 7 – 3PM to 11 PM

There will be carnival rides, food, crafts and animals. Truck and Tractor Pulls will take place both Friday and Saturday night at the Arena and the Destruction Derby on Sunday night. The annual Livestock Auction takes place Saturday July 6th at 5 PM.

The Fair began in 1889 as the Tuolumne County Fair & Horse Show on Racetrack Road, then reinvented itself in 1938 as the ‘Mother Lode Fair’. The Fair is now situated on 25 acres, south of downtown Sonora, on Stockton Road (Hwy 49).

Free shuttle service (including the trolley) will be provided from The Junction Shopping Center and from Walmart, Friday through Sunday. The shuttles are highly recommended as local traffic near the fairgrounds will be busy all weekend. Everyone who rides the trolley will receive a dollar off admission at the gate.

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The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.