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Locals Make Way to Placer County Fair

Summer event in Roseville draws in families and other community members.

Fair-goers had the opportunity to enjoy rides around the merry-go-round, some cotton candy, a visit to the Haunted House and some more cotton candy with the 2012 Placer County Fair.
The annual Roseville fair featured carnival games, rides, food options, live music
and other activities, with this year’s theme being “Race to the Fair.” The fair began Thursday, June 21 and ran through Sunday.
Booths ranged from shaved ice to henna tattooing to pony rides. Live entertainment included . A variety of bands such as Never Too Late, Road 88 and Branded also performed at the Beer Garden venue at the fair.
Marie Kakoulli, a Roseville resident, attended the fair with her son and husband.
“We come every year,” Kakoulli said. “It’s a good family event with good typical
fair food and plenty of games to play. My son likes the Speedway activities.”
For some, this was an enjoyable first time at the fair.
“Up until this year I’ve been traveling, so it’s nice to be home and finding out
what’s going on,” said 12-year Roseville resident Bob Dawson. “It’s a nice hometown feel. Even during tough times like this, there’s plenty to do for everybody.”
Donna Armstrong of Eugene, Ore. has been running the Gold N Golf booth with
her husband Mike Armstrong for the past six years. This is their first year in California hosting this gold panning and golf booth at the Placer County Fair.
“I really enjoy watching the kids run around and be so excited,” she
said. “There’s a lot of unity in the fair and great music.”
The Zombie Shootout booth leader Ellis Cody donned a full costume to match the booth’s Western theme.
“This is the only place where you can shoot people and get away with it,” Cody
said. “Also, kids will drop the gun and raise their hands when they shoot something. I like meeting people at these fairs too.”
Cody said that since this is only his fourth venture in running a booth, it’s been a little difficult to profit from the business. He said he’s hoping that the Placer County Fair booth will be a turning point for him.
Booths also included device sales. Josh Drew, a salesperson for IQ Massager, said his company goes to conventions as well as fairs to promote their massage products. He was selling a portable massage device which can be placed on one’s back, hands or shoulders. Drew said this fair has potential for their product.

Did you attend the Placer County Fair this year? What did you enjoy most?

Franklin June 25, 2012 at 04:41 AM
For me, the most enjoyable part was the quilt exhibit. Unfortunately, I did not get to visit the beer garden. We also watched an animal auction. There's a lot of 4H tradition at this fair and it doesn't get much coverage. Maybe the best part was the weather. It was so pleasant. Some years, it's way too hot.
Ellis Cody June 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I want to thank Angela Swartz for the interview. And the space in the article. And The placer county fair was just what we needed.

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