Aug 09

Ventura County Fair Day Trip

Stables at the Ventura County Fair

Stables at the Ventura County Fair

Editor’s Note: While this article was originally published in 2009, visit the Fair’s web site for the latest information. 2014 date are July 30 – August 10, 2014.

Ever feel like getting out of the big city, taking a trip to the country while enjoying the ocean breeze? Look no further than your very own backyard (so to speak). A little bit of country, looking over the ocean and one and a half hours from the Inland Empire.

Every summer the Ventura County Fair is a highly anticipated event. This year, 2009, beginning August 5 and running until the 16th. Music headliners include David Cook (American Idol winner), Gretchen Wilson, Good Charlotte, Clay Walker, Lee Ann Womack, Huey Lewis & The News, El Chapo and Josh Turner. Entertainment also includes motorsports on August 5 & 6 and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo on August 15 & 16.

For all the horse fiends, the Friesian Horse Show will be held all day August 5th. The Draft, Carriage and Mule Show will be held August 7th-9th and the English Show will be held August 12th & 13th. Every farm animal the imagination can conjure will be there competing for the best in show and interactions with these wonderful creatures are guaranteed.

Dressage Rider at Ventura County Fair

Friesian horse and rider — Dressage Style

Talent abounds with specialties such as train models, ship models, photography, artwork and even plants. Several youth activities will be held including Farmer for a Day and pedal tractor racing. Take a ride on the ferris wheel and have the best ocean view in Ventura County, while enjoying the balmy temperatures of the ocean front fairgrounds. Then when you’re finished at the fair, take a walk on the white sands of Ventura Beach and enjoy the sunset.

Parking in the fairgrounds costs $10 but is limited. There are also free shuttles for parking outside the fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children and seniors and children under five are free. Dollar days are Wednesday August 5th and Wednesday August 12th, where admission is $1 for everyone until 3 pm.

Why suffer in the hot valley when you can take a day trip the Ventura County Fair.

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TD Hollis