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2011 Merced County Fair highlights

- Junior Horse Show. Saturday, June 11, 7:30 a.m. Merced Horseman's Arena. Free. 4-H, FFA and independent junior exhibitors. Western, English, stock horse and trail class events. Gymkhana and barrel racing after 11 a.m. - Mercy Medical Center Seniors' Day & Seniors' Day Expo: Wednesday, June 15, Opening Day, Seniors 65 and better get $2 off admission. Seniors' Day Expo offers several senior-related vendors, between Pavilion and Central Park. EECU Kids' Day, Thursday, June 16, Kids 12 and under get free admission.

- "Trailer Races," EECU Kids' Day, Thursday, June 16. 7 p.m. New attraction at Grandstand/Merced Speedway racetrack. Presented by Table Mountain Casino, O'Reilly Kragen Auto Parts and Rabobank.

- Cutest Cowgirl/Cowboy Contest, EECU Kids' Day, Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m., Health Plan of San Joaquin Community Stage. No entry forms needed -- just bring your little cowgirls and cowboys 5 years and younger. See www.MercedCountyFair.com for details.

- Junior Livestock Auction. Saturday, June 18, Merced Sun-Star Day, 9:30 a.m. Nolet Arena presented by American Ag Credit. 4Hers, FFAers, independent junior exhibitors in the spotlight.

- All Alaskan Racing Pigs. Daily. Porker Raceway. Root for your favorite piggie -- you never sausage a show! All Alaskan Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls. Daily. Porker Raceway. Cowgirls and Cowboys compete in "miniature" tractor pulls.

- Great American Petting Zoo. Daily. Sunshine Lane. Chill with cute and cuddly baby animals including llamas, deer, wallabies, pygmy goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, chickens, ducks and donkeys. They all roam freely in their enclosure.

- Terry Stokes, America's favorite hypnotist. Daily. He's got a show in Vegas and performs all over North America. Antique Tractor Parade. Daily. 6 p.m. Watch the "big kids" show off their tractor "toys" as they parade down the Midway to kick off the fair each evening.

- Wine Garden: Wine, music and more. Near main gate at MLK Jr. Way.

- Butler Amusements, Carnival, Midway and Kiddieland.. Daily. More than 35 rides -- from thrilling white knuckle rides to family rides -- the kind parents and kids can ride together.

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