DIXON — Cloudy skies did not stop 12-year-old Rafael Zamora of Vacaville from trying his best to carry out his vow to “ride every ride here and have as much fun as I can” Thursday on the opening day of the Dixon May Fair.
“My mom and dad are taking us to see my grandparents in Stockton so I have to try them all today,” Zamora said before dashing off to try yet another ride.
Not far off, Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Pratt and his K-9 Honda seemed to be enjoying the fair just as much, with little children coming up to Pratt asking if they could pet Honda – who clearly appreciated the attention – while adults chatted with Pratt, asking him questions about Honda and what it was like working as a K-9 team.
“He loves the fair time,” Pratt said of Honda, who was trained as an explosive detection dog but also showed he had an aptitude for public relations.
The Dixon May Fair opened its gates for the 139th time Thursday without ceremony to entertain fairgoers with local and regional music, livestock shows, various crafts and food exhibits, and grandstand entertainment that includes professional bull riding, hot rod tractor pulls and demolition derbies, sports that originated in agriculture.
Keeping in step with Solano County’s changing agriculture, the fair is also hosting a wine pavilion and amateur winemaking competition, which shared quarters with the traditional flower arrangement and landscaping competitions.
For car lovers, there will be classic car show that will offer a wide selection of vintage vehicles and hot rods.
In addition to live music throughout the fair, there is a free Kids Zone; a train ride; and strolling entertainers such as Flo, everyone’s best girlfriend, and The Procrastinators, who turn household items into amazing percussion instruments. The Extreme Canines dog show features man’s best friend performing amazing athletic stunts, such as jumping over youngster volunteers while catching a flying disc.
The theme Best of Show was chosen to highlight the talents of the community, who bring their best projects, art, preserves, needlework, garden produce and livestock, all hoping to win the coveted blue ribbon.
The fair traditionally takes place over Mother’s Day weekend. More than 2,000 roses will be handed out Sunday. Special Days include Kids Day, which is Friday. There is also a canned food drive Friday, which allows $2 off on adult admission for two cans of food donated between 3 and 5 p.m.
The fair is open from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
The Dixon May Fairgrounds located at 655 S. First St. For tickets and more information, go to www.DixonMayFair.com.
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