The Mid-State Fair, open noon to midnight from July 25 to Aug. 5, is a terrific reminder for those who spend too much time in Pottery Barn that this county is rural at heart (and really likes classic rock). But don't think you have to be wearing cowboy boots and a Def Leppard tee to enter there's something for everyone. Here are some examples.
Easily bored: Check out the Monster Madness monster truck show and the Arenacross "flying high motocross." They're promising a "loud, obnoxious and highly entertaining show" to conclude the fair. It's at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5.
Not a music snob: Daughtry's playing July 28 at 7:30.
Nursing a bad heart: This year the Mid-State Fair will have defibrillators stationed throughout the fairgrounds.
In search of a sluice box: The newest attraction is Maynard's Mountain Mining Town, on top of the waterfall.
A closet meteorologist: KSBY is featuring a True View 6 Weather Wall in the Main Quad, where folks can see what it's like to forecast the weather.
Really, really special: There are lots of special days, such as Seniors Day July 31, Arts and Entertainment Day on Aug. 1 (New Times is a sponsor), Community Pride Day on Aug. 2, Grape Escape Day on Aug. 3, and Armed Forces Day on Aug. 4.
Thrifty and fair-hungry: Season passes are $45 for adults and $18 for kids. General admission prices are $8 for adults (13 to 61), $5 for kids (6-12), $6 for seniors, free for kids 6 and younger.
Hot for Hoobastank: The band plays with Godsmack on July 29. Probably, you can also get some Hoobastank on a stick, dipped in Velveeta and chocolate, then breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown.