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August 2, 2011 > A Santa Clara County tradition

A Santa Clara County tradition

Submitted By Dave Cortese

I would like to invite you to a great FREE family event this summer, the Santa Clara County Youth Fair August 4-7 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. This year's theme is Get Ready to Saddle Up!

I have many great memories of the fair - the smell of funnel cakes and roasted corn, the rush of carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, and the sights and sounds of livestock arenas. And of course a fun day spent with my family.

This year's fair will have all of those classic fair activities and much more. It has been transformed into a modern fair with something for everyone. There will be many hands-on activities including the interactive "World of Music" exhibition, housing over 300 different ethnically diverse and/or historical instruments from six continents.

A World of Music also features ongoing interactive rhythm workshops in which students of all ages can learn simple patterns under the guidance of a musician or teacher. Daily drum circles allow people, even those without music experience, to explore the world of percussion and drum rhythms.

For a lighthearted and entertaining glimpse at the Wild West, watch Fables of the West perform daily at the fair. "The little cowboys on the little horses" combine improvisational comedy, western flair, and wacky antics to show how the West was fun!

The fair will also be hosting a talent and performing arts competition including youth performing a variety of acts from ballet and hip hop dancing to Broadway and country vocals. These performances will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

You can't forget the amusement rides. The fair will bring even more rides this year for hours of entertainment. Grab a rucksack to ride down the slide or climb on the Ferris Wheel for a bird's eye view of the fairgrounds.

Last but not least, visit the air conditioned Expo Hall to view the livestock show, an opportunity for kids to see all sorts of livestock from chickens to sheep to cows. These animals were raised by youth participating in the 4-H program. Those grooming their animals are usually happy to talk about raising livestock.

You can also contact me with any questions or comments at (408) 299-5030 or Complete details about the fair can be found at:

Santa Clara County Youth Fair
Thursday, Aug 4 - Sunday, Aug 7
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Road, San Jose
Parking $5 (FREE on Thu & Fri)

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