It’s happening at the County Fair

By From page B2 | June 12, 2013

4 year old Cameron Post from Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

MUTTON BUSTIN' is one of the many competitions at the El Dorado County Fair. The fun event for 4 to 7 year olds is Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. to reregister visit the fair office, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville or call 530-621-5860. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins

It’s time for the El Dorado County Fair, “Blue Jeans and County Dreams,” June 13 to 16 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, and its time to highlight that hidden talent for a chance to win well-deserved appreciation and honors.

Participate in a contest or just come to watch; there’s sure to be a competition that interests you at the 2013 fair.

Teen Jam is back. If you are in high school or younger and are in a band, come rock out on the Budweiser Stage Saturday, June 15 from noon to 5:45 p.m. Times are chosen on a first come, first served basis, so call 530-621-5860 to sign up.

For those not in a band showcase your talent by entering the El Dorado County Fair Idol. Solo vocalists may sing a cappella or to professionally recorded tracks and will be judged on vocal talent, stage presence and entertainment appeal.

Duets, trios, bands and accompaniment by any form of live musical instrument is not allowed. All contestants perform at the preliminary competition held on the Budweiser Stage, Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. Three finalists will be chosen to perform at the final competition on Sunday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage. Call the fair office at 530-621-5860 by Thursday, June 13 to pre-register.

For the ultimate competitor, Kiwanis of Placerville presents the 69th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races to challenge endurance, athleticism and strength. Race divisions include: old timer’s, youth, teen, high school team challenge, 911 team, women’s and the championship race. Whatever your age, come to the grandstands on Sunday, June 16 to pre-register before 4 p.m. and earn the ultimate bragging rights for winning this adrenaline-charged race. Entry fees and prizes vary by age group. The event begins at 5 p.m.

For competitors between the ages of 4 to 7 years old, Doug Veerkamp sponsors Mutton Bustin’ Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Young cowboys and cowgirls riding sheep for fame and glory in  this fun rodeo event for the whole family. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and one admission into the fair; the winner of each division will receive a buckle. Ages 4 and 5 will compete in the lil busters category and ages 6 and 7 years old will compete in the busters category. Pre-register in the fair office or call 530-621-5860.

Think outside of the studio with the Plein Air Painting Competition. Plein air translates to “open air.” This term is used to describe paintings that have been created outdoors, rather than in the studio. Photo references are not used. Come to the fair on Saturday, June 14, and capture the fun and excitement of fair time on your canvas and be entered to win up to $100. Pre-registration is due by Wednesday, June 12.

For all the techies out there or even those just getting started, the I “LIKE” It Photo Contest is a competition where everyone can participate. Whether you take the picture or are in the picture you can be part of a winning photo on Facebook.

Capture the fun and excitement of the El Dorado County Fair — simply take a picture with your camera phone or digital camera during the 2013 Fair, upload the picture to the El Dorado County Fair Facebook page, and get your friends to “Like” it. The picture with the most “Likes” wins.

Be sure to include a fun caption and tag your friends in each picture. Keep in mind friends and family will have to like the El Dorado County Fair Facebook page before liking your photo. All likes will be counted towards the final vote until Wednesday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday, June 22, with first place cash prize of $25 and second place will be awarded a four-pack of tickets to the Fourth of July Family Blast Celebration.

It wouldn’t be a worthy fair without all the traditional fair foods; corn dogs, cotton candy and of course, funnel cake. In honor of the infamous funnel cake the fair is putting on Funnel Cake Eating Contests in the Kid’s Corral daily.

Every year the fair is held on Father’s day weekend. To honor Dads, the fair holds a Father/Child Look-A-Like Contest on Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage. It is free to enter with fair admission and pre-entry is not required. Come to the Main Stage 15 minutes before the contest to sign-up. There are categories for every Dad: Father/Son, Father/Daughter and Multi-generations, with the chance to win one of many great prizes.

Kid’s Big Wheel Races, for ages 4 to 7, are held every night near the Organ Room lawn. The Big Wheels are donated by Gold Country Ace Hardware and Hobbies. It is free to enter with fair admission and pre-entry is not required. The winner receives a T-shirt and everyone gets a ribbon for participating.

All ages and all kinds of talent are welcome to enter one or more of the many competitions at the 2013 El Dorado County Fair.

For more information on all contests visit the website at or call the fair office at 530-621-5860, as space is limited in some contests.

The 2012 El Dorado County Fair, themed “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams,” will take place Thursday-Sunday, June 13 to 16, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

Presale tickets purchased by Wednesday, June 12 are $8 for ages 13 and over, $6 for juniors, 7-12, and seniors, aged 60 and over. Ride wristbands are $25A Father’s Day package is $35 and includes one 2013 Dads Day T-shirt (Dads wearing 2013 T-shirt get in free on Sunday), one general admission ticket, one junior admission ticket and one unlimited ride carnival wristband. It is good for Sunday, June 16 only and must be purchased by June 12.

During the fair, June 13 to 16, tickets are $9 for ages 13 and over, $7 for juniors, ages 7 to 12, and seniors 60 and over. Ride wristbands are $30.

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