The California State Fair opened at Cal Expo Thursday with two hundred people waiting at the front gate to get in. Carol Davis of Sacramento was near the front of the line. She was there to see the animals…the feathered ones in particular.
DAVIS: "You know, I'm actually excited to see the birds this year too -the bird exhibit- that's where I'm headed first."
Derek Majewsi is with that exhibit. It's called Birds in Paradise. He's one of many people who had been working for several days toward the opening.
MAJEWSKI: "The peacock enclosure...when you come and see it it's like a big pull tent covered with a giant net. There's a waterfall inside, which is kind of an exciting thing to work with. We had to figure out how to create that because we'd never built the enclosure for them before here. So….that was some trouble shooting."
The Fair paid for the Birds of Paradise exhibit. Most concessionaires pay the Fair $10,000-to-$20,000 for the right to sell everything from tacos to pickup trucks.
Besides the exhibits, the Fair also features horse races, nearly 70 rides in the midway, and concerts.
The Fair runs through July 29th.
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