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Salinas Valley Fair makes triumphant return this week – Salinas Valley Tribune 

 April 17, 2022

VAL DE SALINAS – The Salinas Valley Fair is taking a leap back to “Back in the Saddle” this week and is back with many of its popular activities after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’re finally back in the Saddle,” said Margaret Noroian, president of the Salinas Valley Fair. “We couldn’t imagine in March 2020 that it would be two years before we could meet old friends and like-minded people at the Salinas Valley Fair.”

The 78th Annual Salinas Valley Fair begins Thursday, May 12, and continues through Sunday, May 15 at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City. The doors are open from 11:00 to 22:00 every day, closing the Fair at midnight from Thursday to Saturday and at 22:30 on Sunday.

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“This year our theme is‘ Back in the Saddle ’, and we’re back on track with all of your favorite activities,” said Lauren Hamilton, interim CEO of Salinas Valley Fair. “The Fair will once again be filled with exhibits such as 4-H and FFA cattle, cookies, photos and more.”

This year’s exhibition program has been expanded to include digital tickets, such as FFA speeches and creed, as well as opening and closing ceremonies. Attendees at the fair can stop by any of the buildings or barns in the exhibition to see exhibitors ’presentations for art, craft, confectionery, photo, flower and other local competition contests.

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Live entertainment

Along with all the exhibits, there will be a full weekend of family activities and live entertainment. Special entry days include Children’s Day on Thursday, Senior Day on Friday and Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Once again the carnival is back with all its exciting attractions and fun games, plus free entertainment that includes The Bird Man, Circus Imagination, Animal Zoo, music, balloons, violins, hypnotist, wrestling, rodeo and sports engine, to name a few. The Stampede Arena will also feature new performances each day, along with a children’s entertainment area.

Traditional fair food, such as corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and giant cinnamon rolls, are also returning along with new food vendors.

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“There are a lot of new food vendors on the ground, so be sure to check them all out,” Hamilton said.

During the opening night of the Fair on Thursday, the Grand Tasting of the Monterey International Wine Competition will be held inside the Orradre Building. More than 400 guests are expected to taste the winning wines from the 2022 contest.

“We are truly grateful to all of our exhibitors, sponsors and fans and look forward to seeing you at this year’s Salinas Valley Fair,” Hamilton said.

Cattle auction

This year’s Junior Livestock Fair at the Salinas Valley Fair will take place live again on Saturday 14 May, from 8 am.

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Due to the reduction in the number of animals at the 2022 auction, the Auction Committee decided to make some adjustments to the order of species. Goats and beef will pass before lunch break to “keep this year’s auction smooth and efficient”.

“We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause, but we hope this will allow more time per day to enjoy the additional offers of the Salinas Valley Fair,” the Auction Committee said.

Winners will donate to local 4-H and FFA exhibitors to help offset the costs associated with raising livestock, which includes goats, pigs, sheep and steers. The custom harvest is once again an option with this year’s sale, and the add-ons will be open until May 23rd.

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Animal Heritage

Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation has named Wesley Hill, a Salinas High School freshman, as the recipient of the Heritage 2022 Scholarship.

“He is a prominent recipient of the scholarship, and we are very proud that he has created the Heritage Animal this year,” said Maureen Harris, President of the SVF Heritage Scholarship.

As the winner of the scholarship, Hill receives a $ 2,500 bag and a commemorative jacket and belt buckle, in addition to being reimbursed for all expenses associated with raising his market booty for this year’s Fair.

All proceeds from the sale of your pet will benefit the Heritage Foundation and ongoing projects at the Salinas Valley Fair.

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Hill, who serves as president of the Salinas High School FFA Chapter, is a member of San Benancio 4-H and is on the 4-H Council of Monterey County. He plans to attend Texas Christian University in the fall to study finance.

More information about the SVF Heritage Foundation and its scholarship will be available at the Fair in the Heritage Room and at the Junior Livestock Office.

Barbara Pekema, representing the Valley Heritage Quilt Guild, is among the participants who will be painting wooden horses that will be placed around the fairgrounds during the Salinas Valley Fair, May 12-15. (Contributed)
Barbara Pekema, representing the Valley Heritage Quilt Guild, is among the participants who will be painting wooden horses that will be placed around the fairgrounds during the Salinas Valley Fair, May 12-15. (Contributed)

Painted Horses

In collaboration with the Salinas Valley Fair, Sol Treasures in King City this year led a project to help guests enjoy their experience at the fair even more.

Based on this year’s theme “Back to the Saddle”, the art center designed and created 12 wooden horses for the participating groups or individuals to paint with original designs and details. The finished horses will be presented and placed around the fairgrounds throughout the Fair, from 12 to 15 May.

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When the fair attendees enter the Fair, they will be given a map and a ballot paper to help them find where all the horses have been cornered. After seeing the artwork, they will be able to vote for their favorite Painted Horse. Prizes will be awarded to favorites.

Those who have worked on the horses are: Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum (Jane Allen, Nicole Villegas and practices Billie Jean Jackson, Elsy Hernandez-Montoya and Penelope Riley); Casey Redtail Ranch (Sharon Casey); Green’s Accounting (Green March); Barbara Plasket; Sun Street Centers (Darlene Hyland); John and Karen Jernigan and Soni Clark; Sol Treasures (Sonia Chapa and Brenda Settrini-Saglio); Valley Heritage Quilt Guild (Barbara Pekema); King City in Bloom (Andy Maness); Farmers Insurance (Rob Cullen and Vianka Ortega); Buttgereit, Pettit and Davis Insurance (Janet Buttgereit and Vianka Ortega); and La Cocina Open Air Market (Tina López and Katie Mackin).

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“Be sure to schedule some time to‘ climb ’and‘ gallop down ’to the Salinas Valley Fair so you can find all the Painted Horses trotting around the fairgrounds,” said project participant Barbara Pekema. “Vote for your favorite and wait to see which Painted Horse leads the herd.”


For more information on the 78th Annual Salinas Valley Fair, go to salinasvalleyfair.com or call the Fair Office at 831-385-3243.

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