The return of the Redwood Empire Fair will be a celebration for everyone, including families looking for entertainment on a budget. The fair runs from Thursday 4th August to Sunday 7th August.
Each year, the fair offers attendees a chance to save $5 on carnival bracelet purchases. The Unlimited One Day Bracelets can be used on any day of the weekend. The discounted wristbands are $30 each and are available at Mendo Mill Ukiah, Ukiah Taco Bell, Raley’s, Super Chavez Market, Creative Workshop and JD Redhouse in Willits. Wristbands must be purchased by Thursday, 2 p.m. before the start of the trade fair.
Start the weekend with free entry for children and seniors on the opening day of the fair, Thursday 4 August, 3 p.m. Admission is until 6 p.m. for children aged 6 to 12 and seniors aged 65 and over. Children under the age of 5 always have free admission. Admission to the fair offers an all-inclusive experience with music, speedway activities and entertainment included in the price of admission.
Every day at 5:00 p.m. there are competitions on the Willow Tree Stage. Reassure your kids on Thursday that watermelon seeds won’t grow in your stomach when people can enter the watermelon-eating contest. Save the corn dogs for dinner and enter the pie-eating contest on Friday at 4:30 p.m
Speaking of corn dogs, how many can you eat? The Corn Dog Eating Contest will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. For the professional eaters who still have a few calories to burn, check out the Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
For the budding Cupcake Wars fans in the family, there will be fun fair themed cupcake making on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and fun fair themed cookie making on Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.
Once again, Pardini Appliance is sponsoring the traditional Diaper Dash on Saturday, August 6th at 2:30pm on the Willow Tree Stage. The winner’s family will receive a washing machine.
One of the most memorable experiences of the fair is watching the competition at the animal show rings. The pig, sheep, cattle and small animal stables also allow many families to experience animals up close for the first time. The 4-H members and Future Farmers are incredible ambassadors for agriculture and part of their training involves teaching children and adults how to raise animals and preparing for the showmanship stage.
Get ready to “Walk on the Wild Side” once again when the Oregon-based nonprofit will host not one, but two interactive experiences — the first featuring a variety of endangered and rescued wild animals living in them have found their forever home in a rural conservation area where some have the opportunity to inform and surprise the public by being part of their traveling exhibition.
Her second experience, a dinosaur discovery, speaks for itself and will prompt future paleontologists to “dig up” the information and exhibits. The exhibitions are open Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm.
It’s not a carnival without Jeremy the Juggler. He will be found throughout the weekend bringing his remarkable performances to the fairgrounds. Jeremy is an acclaimed bilingual juggler, unicyclist, hand piper, beatboxer and origami maker, appearing at California trade shows and industry events for corporate giants such as Motorola, Industrial Light and Magic, Pixar and Red Bull.
This year the fair welcomes Violin on Fire to the fairgrounds for the first time. Master Violinist Patrick Contreras is a virtuoso violinist from Fresno who has tens of thousands of followers and is known for his masterful renditions of popular music such as hip-hop, Latin music and even renditions of hard rock songs by Santana and System of a Down. Don’t miss his two daily performances at 5:30pm and 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday and at 5:30pm and 8:00pm on Sunday.
For years the Ukiah Idol competition has brought the excitement of performing in front of an audience to local people who have the will, talent and skills to make it to the finals. Bring the kids to the Willow Tree Stage and enjoy the Little Idol and Junior Idol finales on Friday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. The grand finale will take place on Sunday, August 7th at 4:30 p.m.
Don’t forget to take a break from the noise and heat and enjoy the exhibitions in the Fine Arts Building, Junior Building, Flower Building and Home Arts Building. Cash prizes will be awarded to adults and children who emulate this year’s fair theme, Celebrating 86 Years of Cows and Quilts. Expect some amazing quilt entries, along with everything from photography, fine art, collections, cakes and fruits of this year’s harvest.
Some show-goers come just for the speedway entertainment, and how can you blame them? This year there will be four race nights, starting at 6pm each evening
Ukiah’s beloved DJ Ken Steely will be ready for you to belt out your karaoke favorites on Thursdays at 6pm and 9pm. Get ready to rock with Fake News on Friday at 6pm and 9pm, dance to Warehouse 21 on Saturday at 6pm and 9pm, and on Sunday Banda Pacifica will wrap up the show with a 5pm show.
In addition to free entry for children aged 6 to 12 only on Thursdays, seniors over the age of 65 also have free entry until 6 p.m. on the opening day. Children under the age of 5 always have free admission. Speedway shows are always included with fair admission. The fair opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (707) 462-3884, visit the Redwood Empire Fair Facebook page, or visit Fairs | Redwood Empire Fair.