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Friday and Saturday Merced County Fair schedule to feature rodeo and outdoor concert

The CCPRA Rodeo will be rockin' and rollin' in the crandstand with pre-rodeo festivities, including crowning the 2011 Miss Merced County Fair Rodeo Queen at 6 p.m. The Daredevil Sweethearts -- a team of trick riders from Redding -- will perform several daring feats on horseback including the "Cossack Death Drag," "The Hippodrome Stand" and "One Foot Stand!"

At 7 p.m. Grand Marshal and native son Joe Cortez -- retired Merced PD commander and councilman--will be honored. The rodeo follows, featuring the CCPRA all-around best champion riders from every corner of the state, including top rider, Blake Hirdes -- he's also the association's all-around champion in team roping and calf roping. Grandstand entertainment is presented by Table Mountain Casino, O'Reilly Kragen Auto Parts and Rabobank.

At 8:30 p.m., Morris Day and The Time will perform. Day started out playing with Prince in the legendary "Purple Rain" film. The funk and dance-pop group will bring their "old school" sound blended with new music. The Outdoor Theatre Concert Series is presented by Table Mountain Casino.

Here's a snapshot of what's happening Friday, June 17:

5 p.m. Great American Petting Zoo.

5 p.m. Western Jewelry Making.

6 p.m. Antique Tractor Parade.

6 p.m. 4-H/FFA Exhibition Showmanship Dog Show.

6 p.m. Home Depot Kids' Workshop.

7 p.m. Texaco Country Showdown.

Here are some of the highlights for Saturday, June 18:

9:30 a.m. Junior Livestock Auction.

3 p.m. Opening Time.

7 p.m. Humpz and Hornz Bull Riding

8:30 p.m. Starship Starring Mickey Thomas.("We Built This City," "Sara" and Oscar-nominated "Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now.")

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