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Cloverdale Citrus Fair Juices Up President's Weekend

The Cloverdale Citrus Fair—one of the oldest annual festivals in the state—is getting ready to turn on the juice once again. Now in its 122nd year, the ultra family-friendly Fair combines three entertaining elements:

  • Fun citrus-centric activities (Citrus Fair Queen Pageant, citrus sculptures, citrus exhibits, citrus cooking contests, an orange juice championship and many other happenings with a citrus flair)
  • Charming old-time events (a Fiddle Festival, a big honkin’ parade that includes tractors and marching bands, quilt and needlework displays, a farm petting zoo, and entertainers like well-known cowboy singer Sourdough Slim (on Sunday at 2 and 4:30 p.m., included in admission price).
  • Modern excitements (a murder mystery cabaret; wine tasting and culinary demonstrations; thrilling carnival rides like the new Ring of Fire, the beloved Zipper, and the tot-friendly Carousel).

This year’s Fair will be held over Presidents’ Weekend (February 14-17) at—you guessed it!—the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds. This year’s theme, “Fair’ly Country,” celebrates Sonoma County’s agricultural roots.

“Most of our entertainment this year has a definite country flair,” said the Fair’s CEO, Bonnie Wlodarczyk. She noted that even the 3-dimensional citrus exhibits are being built with a country theme in mind.

One of this year’s highlights is the Saturday night (2/15) Country-Western dance, which runs from 7-11 p.m. Musicians featured are Paulie’s Garage and the Kicken’ Country Girls (who’ll be giving free line dance lessons). Cost of entry: $10/Advance and $15 at the door. A No Host bar will be pouring your favorites.

Perhaps the most consistently popular event at the Fair over the years is the opening-night Citrus Fair Queen Pageant, first held in 1924. This year the Pageant takes place on Friday (2/14) at 7:30 p.m. Participants are schoolgirls between the ages of 16 and 19 who carry a minimum 3.0 grade average. Judgment is based on poise and appearance during an interview with judges and on stage, as well as on a small talent segment. The Pageant awards scholarships of varying amounts to all contestants; an additional scholarship is awarded to Miss Congeniality.

The big parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday (2/15), with horses, tractors, floats, marching bands, the Pageant Queen, a kiddie & pet contingent, and a bevy of local characters and color. The Parade travels from the intersection of Third Street and Cloverdale Boulevard, proceeding down Cloverdale Boulevard to the Fairgrounds. Download this year’s Parade Map.

And let’s not forget the food, craft and other concessions arranged in a walkable outdoor arcade format.

What you need to know:

What: Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Where: Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale 95425.
When: February 14-17, 2014.
Tickets: General (13-61)/$7, Seniors (62+)/$5, Juniors (6-12)/$5, Kids 5 and under enter free. Monday is “Kids Day,” when ages 6-12 enter free. For additional rates, visit this page.
For more information: call 707-894-3992 or visit www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org

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