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Farmers Day at the fair

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by
Pig Scramble at Farmer's Day (photo by Bee Exquisite Photography, courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

Pig Scramble at Farmer’s Day (photo by Bee Exquisite Photography, courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

This Sunday, fairgoers, young and old, can be a farmer for a day – or at least a couple hours. Farmers Day at the Sonoma County Fair is Sunday, July 27 from 1 – 3 p.m. and features competitions related to farming such as “Wild Cow Milking,” “Team Penning Challenge,” “Pig Scramble,” “Cow Patty Frisbee” and “Mutton Bustin’.” The Fair has been accepting entries since May but all except for Mutton Bustin’ still had openings as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23.

Farmers Day will also feature a “Stick Horse Competition,” which requires no formal entry. Participants come to the ticket booth of Chris Beck Arena between noon and 1 p.m. with their own stick horse. The first 25 kids to arrive receive a free stick horse and may decorate them at the decoration station within the Kiddie Fun Center in the arena.

Stick horse contestants will be judged on their Western costume, horse decoration, and a short stick horse routine.

Sonoma County Fair Stick Horse Race 2013 (photo by Dale Godfrey, courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

Sonoma County Fair Stick Horse Race 2013 (photo by Dale Godfrey, courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

Paul Mononi, with his wife Amy Mononi (photo courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

Paul Mononi, with his wife Amy Mononi (photo courtesy Sonoma County Fair)

Third generation farmer Paul Mononi, who ran Farmers Day for more than 20 years, recently retired from that position and was honored by the Sonoma County Fair Board.

“It’s gratifying to give people, who might know nothing about farming life, a chance to experience it first-hand,” Mononi said, who still operates Nonoi Ranches in Santa Rosa, in a Sonoma County Fair press release.

At the helm beginning this year is Nancie Carlson, with Tina Finali serving as co-chair.

For more information about Farmers Day, call the entry office at 545-4203.

 

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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