Wednesday's fair schedule--kids 12 and under get in free today only

The Merced County Fair said today is First 5 Merced County Kids’ Day – all kids 12 and under get into the fair free today only.

“Sunshine Lane” is the new area just for kids presented by First 5 Merced County, the fair said in a news release. Children can create a masterpiece at Mary Lee’s Make & Take Craft Center then check out the fun at Super Science and wrap it up with the duck races at The Great American Duck Races.

Today BloodSource will be at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a blood drive – give a pint, get a pint of ice cream and some other fun freebies.

The entertainment line-up for the CVC/CVT Grandstand showcases the WGAS Motorsports’ Extreme Free Style Moto X and Destruction Derby at 7 p.m. Ttwo of the nation’s top Free Style Moto X riders will perform maneuvers, including “Kiss of Death” and “Cliff Hanger” and “D Derby,” a “full contact” event where the last man or woman standing is the winner.

From “Sweet Home Alabama” to “Freebird,” Skynnyn Lynnyrd will play all the songs of the legendary band, Lynnyrd Skynnyrd, when they take the stage at the CVC/CVT Outdoor Theatre at 8:30 p.m. All entertainment is included with admission.

Here’s a glimpse of Wednesdays’ highlights:

4 p.m. 4-H Swine Showmanship

5 p.m. 4-H Sheep Showmanship

5-7 p.m. Paper Bead Necklaces

6 p.m. Great American Duck Races Start

7 p.m. Comedy/Hypnotist Dr. Scott Lewis

Here’s a heads-up on Thursday’s highlights:

8:30 a.m. to noon. Kids’ School Tours

6:30 p.m. “It’s The Cheese” day of cooking contest

7 p.m. Rabbit Auction

Fair officials said they've uncovered information of a prehistoric nature that ties in with its theme, “Wetlands, Water and Wildlife.” Madera County’s landfill is the site of a massive fossil bed – the Fairmead Fossils – including mammoths, sabertoothed cats, camels, giant sloths, miniature antelopes. These ancient critters lived more than a half million years ago, and you can find out about them at The San Joaquin Valley’s Paleontology Foundation exhibit in the fairgrounds’ Ag Exhibits Building.

For information call (209) 722-1507, visit yjr website, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.