VALLEJO — Fairfield and Vacaville faced off in a friendly rivalry Friday at the Solano County Fair while Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez confronted the mystery of the empty municipal booth.
Cities in Solano County show off their stuff in Expo Hall. Fairfield featured an “original, down to the glass” metallic blue ’57 Chevy classic S-10 truck filled with a picnic basket and Jelly Belly characters.
Catherine Grimard, executive director of the North Texas Street Business Association, talked up the chance to win gifts including dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
“Most people are in a good mood when they come to the fair,” she said.
Across the way David McCallum, a volunteer staffer at Vacaville’s booth, said when a manufacturer like Icon Aircraft locates in the city, it helps all of northern Solano County, including Fairfield.
Sanchez, walking into the hall shortly before 5 p.m., looked at Suisun City’s empty booth and suggested that a volunteer may have missed a shift.
“There’s no chair,” he noted of the booth.
“I’ll be swinging by,” vowed the mayor, attending the fair directors reception Friday for Vacaville, Fairfield and Suisun City.
Fair visitors vote the “people’s choice award” for best city booth and Vallejo is already conceded a home field advantage – along with a cool cardboard pirate ship that appeared in the city’s Fourth of July parade, said Ceola Corella, recreation coordinator for the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.
Vallejo has won the people’s choice award four years in a row, Corella recounted.
The two men who want to win the Nov. 4 election in the 3rd Congressional District weren’t at the fair Friday but their supporters were.
Ray Hennemann, fair coordinator for Solano County Democrats, said incumbent Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, may appear Saturday at the Democrats’ booth while Andrew Untal, field representative for State Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica, said an appearance by the assemblyman was possible.
“We’ve met a surprising number of Republicans in Vallejo,” Untal said.
Logue’s booth offered ice water for fair visitors while the Democrats played a video biography of the late first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Fairfield and Vacaville are part of the 3rd Congressional District but Vallejo is located in the 5th District represented by Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena.
Napa resident John Barbaro, 47, wasn’t choosing between the congressional candidates but he was touting his favorite fair. He’ll spend three days at the Solano County Fair and called it superior to the Napa County Fair that could claim him as a visitor for just two days.
“More information, more spread out and better food,” the Napa man said of Solano’s fair.
Try the Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes, he urged.
The Solano County Fair with its Cruisin’ the County theme runs through Sunday. Weekend hours are noon to 11 p.m.
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