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San Joaquin County Fair Sept. 20-30

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POSTED August 24, 2012 6:12 p.m.

STOCKTON - “The Magic is Back!” at the San Joaquin County Fair to be held Sept. 20-30.

The 153rd Annual Fair is one of only six horseracing fairs in California and will showcase eight days of horseracing and fair fun.

The Fair will run each week Thursday through Sunday with a full schedule of horseracing, exhibits, food, carnival, concerts, nightly fireworks and much more. The buildings will house new exhibits including Historic Durham Ferry School of Education, Canstruction by the Emergency Food Bank, photo displays and contests, Italian chalk painting and Ag Mechanics.

The fairgrounds has had a complete makeover with grandstand, livestock barns and all the fairgrounds buildings sporting fresh coats of paint with some adorned with hand-painted historical murals from Bank of Stockton archives and the Port of Stockton.  The north wall of the Grandstand boasts racing horses and jockeys sponsored by Bank of Agriculture and Commerce.

The Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of a year’s project activities for 4-H, FFA and Grange members, showcasing animals from rabbits, goats, and turkeys to sheep, swine and cattle.

Admission is free and gates open daily at noon with the buildings open until 10 p.m. and the Midway until midnight.  Exhibit and livestock hours are noon until 10 p.m. Horseracing post time is 1:15 p.m. daily.

So much to see and do! For all the fair information go to sanjoaquinfair.com or call the Fair office at 209-466-5041, located at 1658 South Airport Way, Stockton.

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