181. Marin County Fair

It’s that time of year again – head to the county fairgrounds for the fair! Today is opening day of the 2011 Marin County Fair, complete with fireworks, which they’ll have every night. There were a ton of people there today, so attendance looks to be off to a strong start.

The theme this year is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and there’s a big model of the bridge surrounded by a photography exhibit of, you guessed it, shots of the bridge. They’ve also got a good film about the building of the bridge that they are screening twice daily in the auditorium, at 3:00 and 4:00.

The petting zoo is always fun (and packed) and there is also a “pocket pets & guinea pig show” which is a huge hit with the younger set. In fact, there’s even a Pocket Pets competition (4-H is branching out!).

Because the entrance tickets include all of the entertainment, rides and music inside, there are long lines for the rides. If you’re coming during the day time, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Then again, you’ll probably lose the hat on some of the rides!

They’ve got really great headliner bands playing every night, from Three Dog Night opening today to the Pointer Sisters Sunday to the Temptations closing Monday. The music alone is worth the cost of the ticket.

Where: Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903 (map)

When: Thursday, June 30 – Monday, July 4, 2011

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily

Tickets: $15/general; $13/kids 12 and under and Seniors 65 and older

2011 Marin County Fair website

About Anne Mosnier Kennedy (374 Articles)
Real Estate Broker / Cal-Haas MBA / Architect / Real Estate Investment Instructor

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