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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006 10:00 pm

For a short time, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, 4-H students and "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice will share the same space in San Joaquin County.

It must be fair time.

The San Joaquin Fair, which last year drew nearly 193,000 people, opens Wednesday.

Until the gates close on June 25, organizers are hoping 200,000 people will check out the events and exhibits at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds.

Concerts at this year's fair include aforementioned Rice, Sinbad, Three Dog Night, Styx and the Beach Boys. Admission to any concert is free with admission to the fair, but seating is limited to 5,500.

One of the fair's most popular attractions is horse racing, which takes place at the Winners Gaming and Sports Emporium and will be open every day except June 20.

"People like to gamble at them, besides watching them run," said Bob Moreno, racing secretary for the San Joaquin Fair. "The fair circuit has always been for horses that aren't quite as good as some of the others, so they have a chance to win something."

If visitors prefer to visit stationary animals, they can check out the livestock and agriculture exhibits.

"We're no longer what I consider a rural area, and it's a great opportunity … for kids to see that milk actually comes from a cow," said Rita Pralta, exhibits coordinator for the San Joaquin Fair.

Visitors can also see the Junior Livestock Auction, representing a year of work for students in organizations such as 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Grange.

"I hope they take some pride away from that," Pralta said.

San Joaquin Fair details

What: The San Joaquin Fair, featuring concerts, a carnival, horse racing, livestock, agriculture, food and exhibits.
When: Open from Wednesday to June 25. Closed Monday. Gates open at noon every day except June 20 and 21, when the fair opens at 4 p.m. The fair closes each night at 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on crowds.
Where: San Joaquin Fairgrounds, at 1658 S. Airport Way in Stockton.
Cost: Today, buy discounted tickets at http://www.sanjoaquinfair.com at $6 for adults older than 13; tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $3. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $8 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information visit: http://www.sanjoaquinfair.com, or call 466-5041.
Source: http://www.sanjoaquinfair.com

Today is the last day to get a discounted admission ticket, at $6 for adults age 13 and older and $3 for children age 6 to 12. After today, tickets are available online or at the fairground gates at $8 for adults and $5 for children.

The fair opens at noon every day except June 20 and 21, when it opens at 4 p.m., and the fair will be closed on Monday.

For more information visit: http://www.sanjoaquinfair.com, or call 466-5041.

Contact reporter Melissa Dahl at intern@lodinews.com.

First published: Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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