“Grow it, Sew it, Show it” is the theme of the 99th annual Tehama District Fair, which opens Thursday, May 2 and runs through Sunday, May 5.
This is the first year the fair will take place during the first weekend of May in hopes the good weather will bring out the crowds, unlike the last few years when the fair was in mid-July and the scorching heat put a damper on attendance and was problematic for junior livestock handlers and their animals.
This year’s fair grand opening will be 4 p.m. on May 2, along with the start of the carnival, entertainment and exhibits. However, fair-goers don’t have to wait until then to start their fun as the gates will open at 8 a.m. for Tehama Junior Livestock activities.
One of the fair highlights will be the 2019 Miss Tehama Scholarship Pageant, featuring contestants from throughout the county. The event takes place 5:30 p.m., May 2 at the Tehama District Fair’s midway stage.
Several Corning area residents are participating in this year’s fair as FFA and 4-H members showing and selling livestock, in the Kid’s Rodeo, pageants and art, craft, flower and other exhibitions.
This years livestock exhibit and auction are under the direction of the 30th District Agricultural Association and Fair Manager Mandy Staley.
Bob Safford, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Corning High, said the chapter has members who are showing steers, heifers, swine and lambs next week, and will be ready to sell those animals during the May 4 Tehama Junior Livestock Auction, which starts at 9 a.m. in the Don Smith Pavilion.
“We have a really good group from the high school showing their animals and selling them Saturday at the Tehama Junior Livestock Auction,” Safford said. “I expect we should do really well.”
There will also be 4-H members from Corning clubs, as well as independent handlers, showing and selling their livestock projects next week as well.
Last year’s total amount for the Junior Livestock Auction was a record $842,233, with 360 animals sold.
Along with the animals, there are many other attractions for attendees to look forward to, such as daily, live entertainment by Makerspace, Daily Foods Contest, Roberto the Magnificent, VEX Robotics Competition, CUHS Ballet Folklorico and more.
Additional live entertainment comes in the form of music by Mark Macabe at 8 p.m., May 2, country music artist Chad Busnell at 7 p.m., May 3 followed by Tyler Rich. On Saturday, May 4 the Huckleberry Road Band will take Midway Stage at 8 p.m., and on May 5 the featured performers will be Cinco de Mayo Fiesta musicians starting at 12 p.m. along with the Dancing Horses.
Other daily features include a petting zoo, Family Park, Animal Cracker Conspiracy and the unique offerings of “fair-food” from vendors booths.
Two unique rodeos will be featured at this year’s fair. The Kid’s Rodeo, featuring mutton bustin’, wild pony races, calf scramble, dummy roping and more will start at 6 p.m. May 2 at the Midway Arena, then at 6 p.m. on May 4 the Midway Arena will be home of the Redneck Round-Up where teams will compete in seven fun-filled events to showcase their agility, skill and endurance in events such as Piggy Back, Tug ‘o’ War, Calf Dressing and Quadetors.
Of course, what is a fair without carnival rides to scare the bravest and bring smiles to the youngsters. The carnival is also the place to win a stuffed animal or some other treasure at the game booths.
The 30th District Agricultural Association hosts and organizes the Tehama District Fair which was first held in 1921.
“Through the years the dates of the fair and name of the fair have changed, but our commitment to showcasing local agricultural products and bringing our community together has remained,” said the association, currently consisting of President Shanna Long, Vice President Pete Dagorret and directors Joan Kaiser-Bell, Linda Durrer, Jorge Lomeli, Andrew Meredith, Farrell Shatswell and Mark Mulliner.
The Tehama District Fairgrounds are located at 670 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff.
For more information about the fair, including ticket purchase and schedule go online to www.tehamadistrictfair.com or call 530-529-3476.