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Valley Fair returning

• Three-day event scheduled for June 26-29 at Saugus Speedway

Posted: June 7, 2008 12:59 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Juice Newton is the headline act at this summer's Valley Fair, scheduled to run June 26-29 in Saugus.

 
The Valley Fair will once again be held in Santa Clarita, this time promising go-cart races, monkeys and an international food court, all beginning on June 26.

"There's a lot of value for your buck," fair CEO Catherine Garcia told The Signal this week. "You can have a full day of nonstop education and entertainment for young and old for under $5, if you plan it right."

The fair runs June 26-29 and will be held at the Saugus Speedway for the second year in a row. The fair had been held at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace prior to coming to the Saugus Speedway last year, but switched locations when the organization lost the parking at the Hansen Dam site and then lost its lease.

Some Santa Clarita residents were perplexed last year that San Fernando Valley's fair was being held in Santa Clarita, but Garcia said the fair was never meant to be exclusively for those living in the San Fernando Valley. Though the Valley Fair was traditionally held in the San Fernando Valley and was referred to as the San Fernando Valley Fair, the fair actually represents California's 51st agricultural district, a region that stretches from Burbank to as far north as Gorman.

"It's the whole district we're reaching out to," she said.

The fair was also held in the Santa Clarita Valley several years ago when it came to Castaic, she said.

Garcia said attendance went "way up" last year from the previous Valley Fair held Hansen Dam. She could not comment on whether the fair will be held in Santa Clarita again next year.

"We're just really thrilled about last year and really thrilled about the program this year," she said.

Livestock exhibits will be held on site this year, different from last year when the activities were held at Hansen Dam. Competitors last year staged a protest outside Saugus Speedway, saying holding the auctions off site meant fewer spectators and less public participation in the auctions.

The fair will open this year with Community Night when local community groups will be showcased, Garcia said. The four-day fair will also have a full carnival and a rainforest exhibit with 20 to 30 exotic animals and a Bengal Tiger show. "What we like about it is it's very educational," Garcia said. "You learn about all these different types of animals."

There will also be a Wild About Monkeys show hosted by trainer Kevin Keith, who has trained animals for movies, such as the 2007 film Evan Almighty.

A children's area will feature kids tractor pulls, go-cart races, a climbing rock, petting zoo and video game pavilion.

A crew from MTV's Pimp My Ride show will have cars on display on June 28.

Garcia said one of the highlights of this year's fair is the "nonstop bands." Tribute bands will perform before the main headliners to celebrate various music genres.

Ambrosia, a 1970s and 1980s rock band is scheduled to perform Saturday and country music singer Juice Newton will appear Sunday.

The fair will also have about 100 vendors with "a lot of little trinkets to purchase and things to see," Garcia said.

General admission is $7 for ages 12 and older and kids and seniors will pay $4. Kids get into the fair for free on opening night. On Thursday and Friday, adults entering before 5 p.m. can get in for $5.

Metrolink riders also get $2 off the admission price.

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