A young mother looks on as her boots-and-hat-wearing cowboy stands poised to catch their toddler-son in mid-air, a widowed father from El Dorado Hills beams at the camera as his two semi-toothless daughters smile from ear-to-ear, a handsome dad and his ‘cute-as-a-bug’ little daughter rub noses and giggle. These are just a few of the priceless photos already adorning the Facebook page of the El Dorado County Fair in celebration of the Fair’s 2014 theme, “Photos, Fathers & Fair.” The fair runs Thursday, June 12 through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.
“We’ve been holding our annual fair over Father’s Day weekend for many years now and this year it’s especially fun because we get to celebrate our El Dorado County dads, grand-dads and father figures as part of the fair theme,” said Jody Gray, CEO of the El Dorado County Fair. “We put a call out asking people to post their best photos of their favorite dads — or favorite “father figure” — on our Facebook page and the response has been amazing and so much fun.”
In addition to being displayed on the fair’s Facebook page, prints of the photos will be on exhibit in the foyer of the Forni Building and throughout the grounds as decoration during the fair.
“Dads don’t get enough attention in this world, it’s great to see them being celebrated,” said Gray, who submitted a photo of her handsome young father taken before he passed away in 1984.
Photos of fathers and father-figures may be posted directly to the fair’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/El-Dorado-County-Fair/52142383821>; e-mailed to [email protected]; or dropped off at the fair office located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
The 2014 fair, with its already popular theme, kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and features four full days of exhibitions, contests and competitions, concerts and events, carnival rides and of course fair food galore.
Special attractions not to miss this year include two concerts by Life in the Fast Lane Eagles Tribute on Friday, June 13; the ’60s tribute band Summer of Love in a 90-minute concert on Saturday, June 14; Wild About Monkeys performing three times daily; and Roberto the Magnificent performing twice daily plus roaming the grounds.
As always, animals take center stage and this year’s fair will feature plenty of critters and their keepers for meeting and greeting. Traditional livestock competitions and exhibits, including the Ranch Horse Show and the Junior Livestock Auction, take place throughout the fair’s four-day run. Humpz and Hornz Bull Riding, ranch sorting and mutton bustin’ promise to be popular as ever.
Other favorite and traditional activities, such as cooking demonstrations, Clifton & Warren’s Kids Corral games, wheelbarrow racing, big wheel racing, a full schedule of music, and dozens of contests and competitions round out a full schedule of wholesome family fun.
The Fair concludes at 10 p.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday June 15.
Visit eldoradocountyfair.org for information and guidelines on how to enter the many contests and other events at the fair, as well as to view a full schedule of activities.