Above: Photo by Marin Center
Posted in Blogging Marin on Friday, May 8, 2015 by MCVB Staff
Fair Fun for Everyone! Marin County Fair Celebrates 74 Years
By Whitney Butler
It’s “On With the Show” this year at the Marin County Fair. From a solar-powered carousel to a festival of independent filmmaking, there’s something for everyone at the 74th annual Marin County Fair, July 1 to 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in San Rafael.
On opening day, July 1, children under 12 will receive free admission to the fair! This is a great opportunity to get the whole family together for some affordable summer fun. With 28 free rides and games to choose from, the hard part will be deciding what to do next!
Kids will also enjoy learning more about local livestock at the junior agriculture exhibit, where they can get up close and personal with cows, goats, horses, rabbits and more. There’s even a petting zoo.
After a day of rides and exhibits, enjoy fireworks each evening at 9:30 p.m. Pyro Spectaculars has pioneered the use of electronic and computer-controlled displays to create a unique ending to a wonderful day.
From classic rock to R&B, there’s a beat for everyone at this year’s Marin County Fair.
Kansas takes the stage on July 1, performing favorites such as” Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on Wayward Son.” On July 2, San Diego-based Tribal Seeds brings reggae sounds to the stage. The Marshall Tucker Band headlines on July 3, with familiar Southern-rock anthems like “Fire on the Mountain.” On July 4, pop/rock band Pablo Cruise, a local favorite, takes to the stage. And the fair closes out on July 5 with classic R&B legend Aaron Neville, known for his soulful vocals and chart-topping hits like “Tell It Like It Is.”
Included with the price of fair admission, these evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Select afternoon performances include singer/songwriter Judy Collins, tribute band Queen Nation and Oakland’s high-energy, cumbia-playing La Misa Negra.
Since 1925, the Marin County Fair has been a showcase for local art, agriculture and all things uniquely Marin.
This year, the fair is excited to host the 45th annual Marin County International Festival of Short Film and Video. Public screenings will take place during the fair’s regular hours, featuring several categories, including narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. Enjoy local as well as international talent in both adult and junior categories.
In addition, visitors looking for other unique artistic expressions won’t want to miss the fine art and craft exhibit—a highlight of local and neighboring talent in mediums ranging from handmade furniture to oil painting and photography.
While the fair is all about having fun, it’s also a great place to experience some healthy competition. This year the fair has added several quirky and creative categories to the competitive landscape. Special “On With the Show” theme categories include Etch A Sketch Art Contests, Slinky Art and a hip-hop and breakdancing competition. For a complete list of events and contest exhibits, check out the Marin County Fair website.
There’s no better place to enjoy Fourth of July weekend than under fair fireworks with family and friends. Buy your tickets in advance online and save 25 percent on regular admission prices. At the gate, admission is $20 for adults (ages 13 to 64); $15 for children (ages 4 to 12); and $15 for seniors (age 65 and over).
For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.