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County fair starts 150th run this Wednesday
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The midway, the numerous exhibits, foods, and the concerts are part of the 2010 San Joaquin County Fair.

The five-day event begins on Wednesday, June 16, and, according to this year’s theme, will be “celebrating 150 years of good times.”

The first-ever one was held in 1860 at downtown Stockton’s Hunter Square, promoting the area’s agricultural and mechanical offerings.

Today’s SJC Fair still has some of that coupled with the colorful and dazzling neon lights illuminating from the midway.

Included are the 38 rides – the Cliff Hanger, Tilt-O-Whirl, Zipper, Starship, Tidal Wave, Kamikaze, to name a few – from Johnston Amusements, and carnival games, ranging from the basketball shooting to balloon darts and roll-a-ball type games.

As one of the best deals, children of all ages can spend the entire day on the midway by purchasing a $25 unlimited ride wristband.

The Cool Zone is one the new attractions to the fair. This area can be found next to the Home Arts Building and will be filled with a hay climb, bounce house, interactive games, and water-play activities.

The community stage will have a Manteca flavor, from solo performer Brittany Leland to the Manteca Idol winners.

Fairgoers, for the price of admission, can place a wager at the horse racing venue (daily post time is 12:45 p.m.) or catch a concert featuring tunes of yesteryear and today.

The legendary Jose Feliciano will play in Wednesday’s opener. He’ll be followed by Sawyer Brown (Thursday), Kool & the Gang (Friday), Tower of Power (Saturday), and Lupillo Rivera (Sunday).

What’s the fair without the various foods – corn dogs, cinnamon rolls and ice cream – and beverages?

The San Joaquin County Fair has something for everyone.

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