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County fair begins Aug 13th; Carnival presale coupon books on sale now

John Steffanic
Plumas-Sierra County Fair
Carnival presale coupon books are now on sale for the 2014 Plumas-Sierra County Fair. This annual tradition helps stretch fairgoers’ budgets.

Books cost $20 and have $30 worth of ride coupons in them — a 33 percent savings. All the favorite rides will be back and cost from one to six coupons per ride.

A complete coupon book can be traded in for an all-day ride bracelet Thursday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 17. The carnival operates on those two days from noon until 10 p.m.

There are no ride bracelets available Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 – 16. Make sure you have a good supply of discounted presale booklets for those two days. Carnival presale tickets will be available until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Pay What You Can Day
Due to several factors, including labor laws, the carnival will not be operating on the first day of the fair, Wednesday, Aug. 13. However, everything else will be open and operating. That day is one of two days being called “Pay What You Can Day.”

A bucket will be placed at the entrances to the fair on Wednesday and Sunday and patrons are invited to put in whatever they can to help support the fair.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday admission costs are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students and $3 for kids 12 and under.

Kids Day
Thursday is Kids Day and there is no admission fee for anyone 12 and under on that day. Thursday also offers free admission from noon to 2 p.m. to encourage locals to come out to the fair for a proper fair food lunch.

Anyone who comes in between noon and 2 p.m. on Thursday is welcome to stay at the fair all day, but they do not receive in-and-out privileges. Anyone who pays to enter the fair can get a stamp that lets them come in and out as they please. There are discounted prices for weekly passes and family admission.

The fair opens daily at noon. It closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the fair is open until midnight.

Grandstand shows
There are several grandstand shows this year. Wednesday night features the Sweetheart of the Mountains competition beginning at 6 p.m.

The grandstand will host The Battle of the Bands on Friday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. as well. These two events cost only $5 each to attend, but you can get a two-for-one coupon at participating local businesses. Look for posters or check out the fair website at for business names.

Extreme Bulls and Broncs
Saturday evening hosts the Extreme Bulls and Broncs show in the horse arena. Tickets are $12 each with VIP tickets available for $25. A VIP ticket includes the annual Cattlemen’s barbecue and the privilege of being able to view the show from inside the arena. Tickets are available at local businesses and the fair office.

American Valley Speedway
The biggest American Valley Speedway race of the year happens Sunday night to top off the fair. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for age 13 – 17 and $5 for age 12 and under. The races start at 7 p.m.

Beach volleyball tournament
In keeping with the 2014 fair theme of Fun and Games, the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District is sponsoring an authentic beach volleyball tournament Saturday in the plaza between the Art Barn and Serpilio Hall.

Several truckloads of sand will be brought in and two-person teams will compete for a title that hasn’t been made up yet, but a large, obnoxious trophy will be awarded.

Check the fair website for more information and instructions on how to sign up.



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