The Plumas-Sierra County Fair, with this year’s theme Stars, Stripes and Summer Nights, opens today and kids and seniors get into the fair free. Plus, the first two hours of the fair are free of charge today as well. This is a great chance to come in and have lunch with one of the delicious food vendors. If you enter when admission is free, you are welcome to stay until the fair closes, but, if you want to leave, you will have to pay to come back in.
Sunday is still Pay What You Can Day.
Admission prices have increased this year; $6 per day for adults, $5 for seniors/students and $4 for kids under 12. Discounted tickets for the entire fair are available as well. Admission tickets must be purchased at the front gate during the fair; there are no presale admissions sold.The only other things that have an admission cost is the Saturday grandstand show which costs $10 per person and the Sunday American Valley Speedway races. Both events’ tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths by the grandstands.
The fair opens at noon each day.
The carnival hours are as follows:
- Thursday: 2-10 p.m.
- Friday: 2-11 p.m.
- Saturday: 2-11 p.m.
- Sunday: 2-10 p.m.
Adam Jones and his TopGunFMX freestyle motocross show will be in the grandstands on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Adam is an X Game medalist, Dew Tour Champion and current Nitro Circus athlete who will perform some incredible stunts on a motorcycle. Throughout the show, Adam talks to the audience through his custom in-helmet microphone.
If you are looking for music, count on the Plumas Bank Stage in Old Town for nightly music including Rummy and Danny Horton. On Thursday night and during the day on Friday and Saturday, California Dreamin’ will mix live performance with DJ music that will keep you moving all week. But that’s not all when it comes to music; Salsa Steel Drums will be performing all over the fairgrounds along with the Rambling Wildcats and the Limber Jack Dancer. As a special treat, local arts fanatic Tristan McMichaels will be offering a variety of musical performances in Look Out Grove all week.
If animals amuse you, look no further than Canine Stars. This incredible dog stunt show was featured on America’s Got Talent and should not be missed. Then there are the racing pigs. Cook’s Racing Pigs is fun to watch. Something more exotic? Head into the Mineral Building to experience a Walk on the Wild Side. From insects to exotic reptiles, it’s something you don’t normally see and it’s air conditioned. Local canine expert Johnene McDonald and her Harmony Ridge dog superstars will be next to Peppard Cabin to show off their skills. Johnny lets youngsters attempt the obstacle course to compare their skills to four legged competitors.
Swan Brother’s Circus has been to the Plumas Sierra County Fair before, but it’s been several years. Andy “Zippy” Swan will have his entire Almost World Famous Big Top set up so youngsters can experience a real circus. If you want to bring your heart rate up, take in a high energy clogging performance by Powerhouse! From winning the 2017 Gong Show to appearing on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, Powerhouse! will bring you to your feet.
Back by popular demand is Rich and Marielle Aimes as the Perceptives. Mind reading, hypnotism, jaw dropping feats of the mind.
The tradition of auto racing on the final night of the Fair continues when the American Valley Speedway fires up exciting dirt track excitement at 7 p.m. on Sunday night, July 30 in the grandstands.
Be sure to set aside some time to experience a few livestock shows. They’re free and fun. There are horse shows in the horse arena, rabbit and poultry shows in the Junior Ag Building, a dog show and then the large animal shows — swine, goats, sheep and beef. It’s your opportunity to see local 4H and FFA exhibitors show off what they have been working on for months. The annual animal auction wraps it all up and takes place at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 30.
Plan on strolling through the exhibit halls; the Art Barn, the Home Arts Building and the Floriculture Building and gardens.
The 76th Annual Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Quincy Chamber of Commerces rolls down Main Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 29.