‘Magical’ Fair Opens To Warm Weather And Cool Music

Chris Furguson
DSC_0037The 2013 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta opened last Friday with a small ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony was slightly hampered by warmer than expected weather which rushed things along.
Friday was also Military and Seniors Appreciation day.  Military officers with identification could enter the fair for free along with seniors who brought a special coupon.
The ceremony included an appearance by Chipper, the California Highway Patrol’s mascot, and members of the Mexican Consulate in Calexico who are sponsoring the Fair’s Plaza De Las Culturas building this year.
Also celebrating their grand opening this year is Doc’s Farm, a new attraction to the Fair & Fiesta.
Doc’s Farm is dedicated to the late Dr. James Thompson, a veternarian with the El Centro Animal Clinic.  Thompson was a mainstay with the Livestock show, often offering his services to sick Fair animals for a single dollar.
Inside Doc’s Farm are several young and newly born animals born just before the fair.  The young animals include a group of seven pigs named after the Seven Dwarves, eight ducklings named Hocus, Pocus, Abra, Cadabra, Siegfried, Roy, David and Houdini, and several others.
Doc’s Farm also held a modest ribbon cutting Friday morning with Thompson’s wife and young family in attendance along with workers at the Animal Clinic.
The Opening Day of the fair concluded with a tribute concert to the songs of Motown Records performed by Nathan Owens Motown Legends.
Saturday saw a Beatles Tribute show while Sunday had Dia De La Familia.
Monday saw Calexico win High School Madness while Tuesday featured a Tim McGraw tribute concert along with Wednesday’s Guns and Hoses public safety competition.
Tonight will feature Heartbreaker, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, while Friday will showcase the music of Bon Jovi with “Blaze of Glory” and Saturday is for the fans of the Rolling Stones.
The final Sunday will also feature the “Haul N’ Brawl,” a
The week will also feature extra animal and handler judging as various Round Robin contests, featuring members of 4-H and FFAs showing off a variety of animals.
The weekend’s big events will also include the Small and Large Animal auctions.  It is through these auctions where months of hard work will be rewarded through the pocketbooks of generous donors.
Daily shows at the Fair include San Diego-based Godfrey the Magician, Adam the Great from Portland, Oregon and Tyzen, a hypnotist from Las Vegas.
For more about the Fair & Fiesta, look to our special Fair Souvenir Edition next week in the Weekly-Chronicle.
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