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Thursday at the Stanislaus County Fair

It's Kids' Free Night at the Stanislaus County Fair. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Here's what else is going on:

HIGHLIGHTS: Meet Dora the Explorer and Diego, 5:15 to 9:30 p.m.; Rainforest Adventure exhibit, 5 to 11 p.m.; 4-H and FFA Holsteins judging, 9 a.m.; container gardens demo, 7 p.m.

ARENA: CCPRA Rodeo, 7 p.m., free with fair admission.

VARIETY FREE STAGE: Nat and Alex Wolff, 8:30 p.m.

CENTER STAGE: Chico Avila, 8:30 to 11 p.m.

COMMUNITY STAGE: Highway 99, 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

CHARTER STAGE: Dora and Diego, 5:15 to 9:30 p.m.; Hypnotist Suzy Haner, 10 p.m.

HOURS: Gates open at 5 p.m.; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at midnight.

PARK 'N' RIDE: 4:30 to 11 p.m.; park free and ride free from CSU, Stanislaus, (Crowell Road off Monte Vista Avenue) or Pitman High School (Christoffersen Parkway). Shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes.

WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and head east. For fairgrounds parking, turn right on Soderquist Road, or go past Soderquist for more parking; $4 per vehicle.

ADMISSION: $10 for adults, free today for kids 12 and under (regularly $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger).

INFORMATION: You can follow the latest from the fair at its official site Web site or on Facebook , Twitter and MySpace or by a calling 524-2660 or 668-1333.

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