Creativity, grit on display at the 78th Colusa County Fair
The Big Wheel has been erected, the animals bedded down, the jams have been tasted, and the stitches have been carefully scrutinized all in time for Thursday’s opening of the Colusa County Fair.
Hundreds of exhibits entered by youth and adults fill livestock barns and buildings at the fairgrounds in Colusa, and showcase a world of local talent and perseverance.
“I was starting to think I brought too much,” said Monroe Miller, as he unloaded one market steer, two breeding cows, and a young calf on Tuesday.
Miller, 16, a member of the Princeton FFA, is one of hundreds of Colusa County youth in 4-H and FFA to enter livestock at the fair.
“I had to bring the calf,” Miller said. “The cow isn’t that great, but when the calf came out all muscled and built like it is, I knew it was pretty spectacular.”
The Princeton High School junior also entered a restored antique motor, which will be on display in the ag mechanics area.
Preserved foods, baked goods, textiles, photographs, and fine arts are just a few of the many other exhibits the public is sure to enjoy through Sunday at the Colusa County Fair.
Although “Carnival Fun for Everyone” is the fair’s theme, it is the creativity and grit of local people that makes the fair a fair.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing something for the fair,” said Carol Pearson, who entered three quilts in the textiles division this year. “I’ve done a lot crocheted items, clothing items. I made lingerie and won Best of Show and took it to the state level. I won second place down there, so I was pretty excited.”
Pearson said she also enjoyed watching the actual judging, which was done on Monday, and noted the top quality of quilts entered this year.
“Some of them are just breathtaking,” she said.
Fair officials said this year’s theme is a reminder that the Colusa County Fair is the biggest family-oriented event in Colusa County.
The 78th annual exhibition has a great line up of entertainment and ground acts, said Jonathan Howard, Chief Executive Officer. Entertainment includes country music singer Chad Bushnell on Thursday; the Ben Mallare Band and Journey Day & Jade on Friday; county music singer Dave Russell and Sunny and the Black Pack on Saturday; and The Elovators, a reggae-funk group, on Sunday.
Entertainers include also Cello Joe, a singing, rapping, beat-boxing cello player; Razz Vio, an electric violin and drum duo; The Jessica Styler Ensemble; youth singer Julisssa Perez; the US Air Force Band; Tammy Byerly; and more.
New at the fair is the expanded shopping venue inside Festival Hall, which will host about 30 booths of commercial and handmade items.
There is also a change in location and rules for the Beer Garden, hosted by Sac River Fire. Patrons will be allowed to walk about the fairgrounds with a beer until 7 PM, Howard said. After that, patrons can enjoy the beverage in the garden, now located next to the main stage, closer to the food and main exhibit hall.
Grandstand events include the Miss Colusa County Pageant on Thursday, the Mr. Cinderfella Pageant on Friday, the Monster Truck Show on Saturday, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday.
The public can also catch chef Keith Erickson’s cooking competition at 7 PM on Friday, and a bartending competition at 8 PM on Saturday, both in Festival Hall.
In addition to the Colusa County Fair, the public is invited to the grandstands tonight for the Mini Miss Colusa County Pageant, and to the Kiss the Pig Contest, a fundraiser for the Colusa County Fair Foundation, in the livestock pavilion.
The senior picnic will be held at noon on Friday in the Etchepare Memorial Garden.
The Colusa County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Colusa Lions Club, gets underway at 5:30 PM in downtown Colusa on Friday.
The Junior Livestock Auction gets underway at 9 AM in the TK Marshall Arena on Saturday, followed by the Ag Meganics Auction at 1 PM, and the Sale of Champions at 2 PM.