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Beach Boys top draw for fair?
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The Beach Boys are expected to be the big draw to the Stanislaus County Fair during its 10-day run in Turlock that begins this Friday.

The Beach Boys will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 at the free Budweiser Variety Free Stage but get there early for a good seat. Other entertainers include, WAR on Friday, July 16; KC & The Sunshine Band on Saturday, July 17; Bill Engvall on Sunday, July 18; Natalie Grant with Tenth Avenue North on Monday, July 19; Jack Ingram and Chuck Wicks on Wednesday, July 21; Boys Like Girls on Thursday, July 22; Blake Shelton on Friday, July 23; Terri Clark on Saturday, July 24; and Los Tucanes on Sunday, July 25.

"Flavors of the Valley" is the theme for the Fair as a salute to our local manufacturers and processors, said Fair spokesperson Adrenna Alkhas. "The theme will highlight food and beverages that are processed in the Central Valley," she said," including 7UP, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Blue Diamond, Hilmar Cheese, Frito Lay, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Valley Meat Company, California Grown Nut Company and Hughson Nut Company. Each day different companies will be hosting the exhibit and samples will be given out.

Returning to the fair is the popular Rainforest Adventure, an 8,000-square-foot replica of a rainforest filled with toucans, anacondas, snapping turtles, geckos, and more. The Rainforest Animal Shows will also return for this year. The shows will run approximately 20 minutes and will feature a Capuchin monkey and rainforest birds and reptiles.

Discounted tickets for midway rides are on sale through 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Fairgrounds office.

Like last year, Fair visitors may park at California State University Stanislaus (parking lots located on Crowell, off Monte Vista), and Pitman High School (parking lots on Christoffersen) for a free shuttle ride. This service will run nightly during the 10 days of the Fair, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight with shuttles departing to and from the fairgrounds every 15 minutes. Parking at the fairgrounds will still be available for a fee of $4 per vehicle.

Alkhas said the fair will debut an "exciting, interactive, mobile game" called SCVNGR starting Friday. Over 850 guests have already signed up to play the game, a scavenger mobile game that can be played with any mobile device during the 10 days of the Fair. Each correct answer will earn points and the winner with the most points at the end of the Fair will win an iPad and four Disneyland Park Hopper tickets from KAT Country 103.

Reserved FoodMaxx Arena Motorsports tickets are now on sale also. Visit the Fair's website for detailed ticket sale information at

Fair enthusiasts can also follow how the 2010 Fair is developing at

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