The Place to Be.
Jul 23, 2019 03:12PM
The Humboldt County Fair is a perfect culmination of everything that makes Humboldt County such a fascinating place. The longest continuously running fair in California history, it operated in Hydesville for decades before moving to its current home at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale in 1896.
Agricultural events have always been a big part of the fair, which has grown and changed along with the rest of Humboldt County over the years. Now you can enjoy all the traditional Americana fair activities, plus see exhibits and shows that are unique to Humboldt County.
Animals and livestock are exhibited by both adults and youth, alongside other displays that show off the best of the region’s arts and crafts. For adventure-seekers, there are plenty of fun carnival rides, plus this year’s new death-defying act, where you can watch motorcyclists ride in a steel cage.
Children can have a blast at the expanded kid’s zone, designed for safety and fun. Catch local youth groups performing free hands-on activities and a literal dog and pony show.
Horseracing has been a memorable part of the Humboldt County Fair experience for over 50 years. This year the race track area has been improved to be more welcoming to children and families. Each weekend during the fair, August 16-18 and August 23-25, entry to the horseraces is free with fair admission.
The fair celebrates the diversity of Humboldt County. People from all across Northern California come to exhibit and perform. It’s a platform for the community to support and celebrate one another, made possible by the volunteers who donate their time to bring the fair to life. The Humboldt County Fair is an enduring tradition that keeps improving with every year.
Don’t miss the fair this year, August 15-25, in historic Ferndale.
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