GRIDLEY — Four days of events and entertainment are on the schedule for the Butte County Fair, which begins its four-day run at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley on Thursday.
This year’s theme is “Country Pride, County Wide.”
Opening-day festivities run from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday, which fair officials have designated as Seniors Day and Kids Day — both age groups (children ages 0-11, seniors ages 65 and older) pay nothing for admission Thursday.
The Miss Butte County pageant highlights Thursday’s schedule, with the Missette Butte County program starting at 6 p.m. and the Miss Teen Butte County getting underway at 7:15. Both events will take place at the Courtyard Stage, with Miss Butte County’s Royal Court crowning a part of the larger event.
Friday’s public hours run from 3 p.m. until midnight. Highlighting the day will be the Extreme Truck Madness as trucks and their drivers attempt to negotiate mud bogs in the Grandstand Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6.
Hypnotist Tina Marie will host the two of seven shows over the course of the weekend, starting at 4:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday. She will also host shows at 4:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, and at 1:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. All shows will take place at Courtyard Stage.
Always a favorite, the midway carnival will be open 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday, as well as noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Other events during the day include the Kids Zone, People’s Choice Voting, a petting zoo and roving performances by the Great Zambini and Flo the Clown. Those events will continue each day of the fair.
Livestock action gets started at 4:30 p.m. with the Pee Wee Livestock Show; the Large Animal Round-Robin starts at 6 p.m. — with both events in the livestock barn.
Steel Horse Stampede will play live music at 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in Jake’s Bar. Big Wheel races start at 6 p.m. on Whitaker Drive, with a funnel cake contest at 8:15 p.m. on the Courtyard Stage.
Saturday’s schedule kicks off with the junior livestock auction at 10 a.m. in the Livestock Barn.
The Wild Oats Band will perform live music at 1 p.m. in Jake’s Bar. Other musical performances — all in Jake’s Bar — will include Pris Bros at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Legend Band at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Strung Nugget Gang band — combining “NorCal Americana” style with bluegrass and swing, will perform on the Courtyard Stage at 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The Extreme Destruction demolition derby will bring its act to the Grandstand Arena at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6.
Sunday’s public hours are noon until 11 p.m. A Hispanic concert gets started at 5 p.m. in the Grandstand Arena, though three other performing groups will offer shows during the day.
Emma and Will are set to perform at the Courtyard Stage beginning at 3 p.m. Mark 3 will perform in Jake’s Bar at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., with Missing Grey taking the stage in Jake’s Bar at 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Big Wheel races will take place on Whitaker Drive at 6 p.m., with another funnel cake contest scheduled for the Courtyard Stage at 8:15.
Information on all fair activities, plus a link for purchasing tickets for admission and the motorized events, is available at www.buttecountyfair.org. Presale tickets are $10 each for children ages 0-11, seniors 65 and older, and members of the military. Adults and children 12 and older are $12 each.
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