Carnival fun had by everyone

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The 78th Colusa County Fair came to an end Sunday, following four days of carnival fun and entertainment.

Although actual attendance figures are not known, Colusa County Fair Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Howard, said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“We definitely had higher attendance than what we’ve had,” Howard said. “It was pretty awesome.”

From Thursday’s opening ceremony with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2441, American Legion Post 218 and the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce, to Sunday’s grand finale of the destruction derby, the fair boasted of “Carnival Fun for Everyone.”

“I love the fair,” said Miss Colusa County Hannah Azevedo. “I went to the final drive for market with my lamb and the final drive for showmanship with my lamb. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Azevedo said the Colusa County Fair puts on so many wonderful events, and most fairgoers thought the same.

Far more entertainment was offered this year, including two fairly well known country singers. Exhibits were slightly up overall, fair staff said.

Saturday’s main event saw an exhibition of two of Tucson-based Sturgesmotorsport’s monster trucks “Rat Attack,” a 1966 Chevy Corvette monster, and “Unnamed & Untamed,” a 1940 Dodge Panel Wagon monster, along with some freestyle motocross.

At Sunday’s Demolition Derby, the grandstands were packed and seats were sold out, despite a sudden downpour of rain earlier in the evening, after a sudden black cloud blew in from the west.

The rain came down pretty hard for just over a half hour, but few people seem to mine, Howard said, and just about everyone went about browsing exhibits and buying tickets to the derby.

“We just called (the rain) Colusa County’s dust control,” Howard said.

Johnston’s Carnival was once again a crowd pleaser, but move over pony rides – the big hit debuting at this year’s Colusa County Fair was the camel rides. Kids and adults lined up to climb atop the exotic larger-than-life animals, which lurched in slow motion around an arena, before stopping briefly for photo opportunities.

Exotic foods like alligator and shark (both served on a stick) probably didn’t have quite the popularity as fair staples like corn dogs, curly fries and funnel cake, but many visitors to the fair said they always try to make room for just about everything.