The Merced County Fair listed today's events:
The “Great American Duck Races,” featuring Robert Duck’s (his real name) live duck racing, “Mr. Duck’s Wild Ride,” starring 144 rubber duckies trying to stay afloat on a treacherous obstacle course made by local college students, a nightly antique tractor parade, evening livestock judging, Dr. Goodjohn’s Medicine Show and more! The gates open on the 119th fair at 5 p.m. Opening Day is presented by Emanuel Medical Center which will be handing out gifts to the first 1,000 fairgoers and the center will display a gigantic heart you can walk through to see how your heart works – The Pacific Tractor Pullers Association Tractor/4x4 Pull fires up at 7 p.m. Tuesday kicking off the fair’s CVC/CVT Grandstand action. Sons of the San Joaquin take the stage on Day 1 of six nights of headline entertainment at the CVC/CVT Outdoor Theatre at 8:30 p.m. The trio -- Hannah brothers, Joe and Jack, and Joe’s son, Lon -- were raised in the Central Valley and have sung their cowboy harmonies at “The Grand Ole Opry” and Carnegie Hall.
Other Tuesday events at the fair:
--8 a.m. FFA Market and Feeder Swine judging
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--7 to 11 a.m. Ag/Horticulture (fruits ‘n’ veggies) exhibits arrive
--10 a.m. Dairy Showmanship
--1 p.m. Floriculture exhibits judged
--5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Goodjohn’s Medicine Show
--6- 8 p.m. Face painting
--6 p.m. Antique Tractor Parade. (Farmers, start your engines!)
--6:30/8/9:30 p.m. Great American Duck Races
--6:30/8 p.m. “Chocolate Passion” cooking contest judging Juniors/Seniors
--7:30- 9:30 p.m. Make frog magnets and pasta necklaces
A peek at what’s happening Wednesday, First 5 Merced County Kids’ Day:
--10 a.m.- 2 p.m. BloodSource Blood Drive
--4 p.m. 4-H Swine Showmanship
--6- 7 p.m. “Herb Garden 101”
--5-8 p.m. Glass Mosaic Sun Catchers
--7 p.m. Extreme Free Style Moto X & Destruction Derby
--7:30 p.m. Bred Heifer Sale
--8 p.m. “Almond Delights” cooking contest
--8:30 p.m. Skynnyn Lynnyrd
For information call (209) 722-1507, visit the website, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.