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Sacramento County Fair Has High Hopes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Sacramento County Fair opened Thursday at Cal Expo.  The Fair had a big increase in attendance last year and organizers are hoping for a repeat performance.

The smell of Cotton Candy and corn dogs wafted from the food trucks past the giant sand sculpture and over to the livestock hall.   There, Macy Robinson from Clarksburg Middle School and her sister Amber were shearing a lamb . 

"They do that so the judge can feel how the lamb, how it's placed and how it looks -its structure like to feel the structure and its muscle."

The Robinsons have one of more than 1,000 animals to be shown this year.  About 700 will be put up for auction.

Some of the midway entertainment is new like the giant Johnny jump up, but some of the entertainment is retro -like Karen Quest -who has several different characters -one of whom is taller than all of us. 

"I got into this initially because I went to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College and learned to walk stilts and it just kind of grew from there you might say."

Eight-eight thousand people attended last year's fair.  Attendance was up 40 percent from the year before. 
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