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Solano County Fair gears up for 62nd run; starts Wednesday

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August 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

Butler Amusement employees set up the Crazy Train ride as the large ferris wheel stands in the background Tuesday afternoon at the Solano County Fairgrounds. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Butler Amusement employees set up the Crazy Train ride as the large ferris wheel stands in the background Tuesday afternoon at the Solano County Fairgrounds. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

VALLEJO — You can leave the shiny ruby slippers at home and discover “There’s No Place Like Home” at this year’s Solano County Fair, which opens Wednesday.

The fairgrounds have been full of activity as exhibit halls are given the final touches and exhibitors find their spots.

Those attending the fair, now in its 62nd year, can check out items from decorated cakes to quilts in McCormack Hall. The County Building is home to fine arts, photography and flowers. In addition to vendors, Expo Hall will host “Main Street Solano,” where the county’s cities and Travis Air Force Base will have exhibits.

Travis is increasing its presence at the fair, fair spokeswoman Debbie Egidio said.

“They will have a mobile command center,” Egidio said, adding that it would be located between Expo Hall and the Midway.

New this year is “Made in America: The Story of the Modern Fair,” which will take a look back at 200 years of American fairs as well as the history of the Solano County Fair. It can be found in Expo Hall.

Also making its debut is a small wine garden where the fair has partnered with Suisun Valley wineries.

This year’s theme was chosen to focus on the county, Egidio said.

“It’s all about being local,” she said, noting that Vallejo’s ConFunkShun is one of the headline performers.

The Solano County Master Gardeners were putting together their display in the Solano Gardens area for the floriculture Monday and Tuesday. Having won first place last year, about a dozen people were on hand to help assemble the exhibit, which contained yellow bricks to reflect the yellow brick road.

“I have seen some ruby slippers,” said Jennifer Baumbach, master gardener coordinator.

Calling it a collaborative effort, exhibit designer Dave Hutson estimated the display will contain 75 to 100 plants and about 75 bricks.

“We are confident,” he said of winning back-to-back blue ribbons.

Steve Dunlap spent his time unloading 14 portable sinks outside the livestock barns. Each had about 15 gallons of water. Eventually they would be filled up to 70 gallons.

By the time his work was done, he had installed three handicap-accessible portable toilets, three portable toilets, complete with sinks, and eight 300-gallon holding tanks to take care of the waste.

And that’s just the beginning.

He’ll be back to clean out the portable toilets during the fair’s run.

“No one appreciates my work,” he said with a laugh.

The Vacaville resident works for M & M Sanitary in American Canyon.

The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. More details can be found at http://www.scfair.com

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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  • T.J.August 02, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    I think once again I will be skipping the fair this year. I just can't see myself hanging out in Vallejo. No thanks, Fairfield is bad enough.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 02, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    I want last year. Saw no problems.

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