Southern California Fair
By Don Ray
The monster trucks have cleared out to make way this weekend for street stock car racing, super stocks, and the ‘hold-your-breath’ finale of figure eight races at the Southern California Fair on the outskirts of Perris.
Weather forecasters are promising mostly clear skies with temperatures rising into the 90s by the final day of the two weeks of festivities on Sunday.
Thursday night, Southern California native rapper-producer-actor Lil Rob took the main stage. West Coast hip-hop rapper DJ Quik (David Marvin Blake), a Compton native, headlines the Friday evening entertainment.
Street Stock Racing is Friday’s automotive event on the oval track.
The Super Stocks will roar around the track on Saturday.
Saturday night’s entertainment headliner is Dejuan Walker — better known as rapper Suga Free. He was born in Gardena, raised in Oakland, and is now based out of Pomona. He began his career as the producer on DJ Quik’s debut album, “Street Gospel.”
The oval racetrack will become a dangerous figure 8 raceway on Sunday. Drivers will have to negotiate the dangerous, center intersection to avoid crashing into other drivers. Some spectators will want to cover their eyes, while others may hope they’ll get to see more than a few collisions, crashes and close calls at the intersection.
Sunday evening, pop singer and songwriter Paula Deanda will perform her songs of love and relationships. She’s from San Angelo, Texas.
Kids of all ages will have more rides to enjoy this year because additional space became available after Southern California Fair officials removed some of the older buildings on the grounds.
And the animals? Visitors can step away from the sounds of music and motors and watch the young farmers and ranchers put the final grooming touches on the animals before they present them to the judges.
Fairgoers may be able to witness the bittersweet moments when the young competitors accept ribbons and trophies for the animals they’ve lovingly raised, and then say goodbye to their furry friends that are going on the auction block.
Each day, visitors will be able to sit in the shade and watch cultural performances on the smaller stage throughout the days and evenings.
What would a fair be without dozens of food options from a variety of vendors who assemble tasty victuals in bowls, on rolls or on a stick? It can be fun discovering this year’s innovations.
Another way to avoid the sun and the sounds is to visit the indoor displays and look at the wares of the vendors. This year there’s only one exhibit hall.
The fair runs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The operators of the fair, Helms and Sons Amusements, set the admission price at $10 that includes access to all of the concerts as well as the Speedway events. Parking, however, costs $20.
The fairgrounds are at 118700 Lake Perris Drive. More information is available at SoCalFair.com or on the Southern California Fair’s Facebook page.
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