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El Dorado County fair starts today

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Cotton candy, Ferris wheels, blue-ribbon cakes and 4-H members gathering in barns can mean only one thing – it’s fair time. The 2007 “Squeals and Wheels” El Dorado County Fair will kick off today with a noon ribbon-cutting, and run through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

“The gathering of products and services, buyers and sellers in one place is exactly why fairs were established, and is what drives the fair today,” said Jody Gray, CEO of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

County fairs evolved from a need to bring together numerous vendors and buyers from areas far and wide. Located along major trade or pilgrimage routes, fairs and festivals provided opportunities for people to demonstrate their skills and crafts, exchange ideas, and barter for goods.

The El Dorado County Fair will feature exhibits, competitions, entertainment, carnival rides, food, auctions, dances, demonstrations, a motorcycle parade, wheelbarrow races and a destruction derby – you name it and you can find it at the fair.

The entry fee is $8 regular, $5 for ages 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under, and $5 for seniors 60 and older. Parking is $5 and free shuttle service is available. Credit cards will be accepted at the entrance.

— Today is Kids Day and children 12 years and younger are admitted free until 6:30 p.m. Building and exhibit hours are noon to 11 p.m. and carnival hours are noon to midnight.

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— Friday is Senior Day and the entrance fee for people 60 and older will be $3. It is also Teen Day and youth 13 to 19 can enter free from noon to 4 p.m. and stay until midnight. Exhibits open from noon to 11 p.m. and carnival hours are noon to midnight.

— Saturday will feature a livestock auction free to buyers and a destruction derby at an additional charge. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and carnival is from noon to midnight.

— Sunday is Father’s Day. Exhibits open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and carnival hours are noon to 10 p.m.

For more information and a schedule of events visit http://www.eldoradofair.org/fair.