The Merced County Fair reminds its audience that today is Father’s Day. This 119th Fair said it will mark another first because it has never put on a fair during Father’s Day.
All entertainment is free with the price of admission.
It’s finale time at the CVC/CVT Outdoor Theatre and Grandstand.
US vs. Mexico Bulls & More, presented by Wes Ibrahimi of LeGrand’s Humpz & Hornz Bull Riding Tour is sponsored by MID, Kragen O’Reilly, Rancho San Miguel Markets and Rabobank. The show offers a full menu of entertainment including US vs. Mexico Bulls -- two teams of eight bull riders – one team representing the U.S. and the other representing Mexico. Each bull rider takes turns competing for his country and must remain on the bull through an 8-second ride to qualify for a score. The team with the top combined score wins. The “& More” portion of the lineup includes an Escaramuza, an event that features women in traditional Mexican costumes performing as a drill team riding side saddle on horseback. There also will be Mexican cowboys in traditional costume, taking beautiful Andalusian show horses through their paces -- dancing and prancing. Also in the line-up will be Mexican trick ropers and a “Ring of Fire,” where six to eight contestants go into a circle in the center of the arena and a fighting bull is turned loose -- the last man standing is the winner.
Alicia Villarreal, the Latin Grammy Award-winning singer, will perform tonight at 8:30 p.m. wrapping up six nights of top entertainment in the CVC/CVT Outdoor Theatre. The concert is presented by Kragen O’Reilly and Rancho San Miguel. One of Mexico’s top regional musical artists, Villarreal got her break when she performed on Mexico’s version of “American Idol.” During her career she has sold more than 10 million albums, including “Orgullo De Mujer,” an album that cracked the Billboard 200 and earned Villarreal a Grammy nomination. The artist released her latest album, “La Jefa,” last summer, with the lead single, “Caso Perdido.” The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican albums chart and reached No. 4 on the Billboard’s Latin Albums chart.
More Sunday events:
11 a.m. Livestock Awards Presentation
Noon to 12:30 a.m.. Carnival Rides. (There are more than 30 rides to choose from – including two carousels)
Noon to 11 p.m. Ag Exhibit Building/Other Buildings. (The feature exhibit – a flock of geese flying inside.)
Noon to 9:30 p.m. Great American Duck Races
Noon to Midnight. Fair Food
“Wetlands, Water and Wildlife” factoid of the day:
Federally protected grasslands at San Luis Wildlife Refuge Complex to the west of us hosts up to one million ducks in winter.
The beef and pigs and other livestock that came to the Fair will be gone or be leaving the barns at 9 a.m. But there will still be lots to see and do in every corner of the fairgrounds.
For information call (209) 722-1507, visit the website, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.