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Gold Country Fair packed with thrills

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The Gold Country Fair is packed full of entertainment sure to draw oohs, aahs laughs and applause from the crowds. Whether you want to hear some live music, keep the kids happy or catch some bigger, louder thrills, there’s a little bit of something for all fairgoers between now and Sunday. Consider some of these options, or, to learn more, pick up a program at the fair or visit goldcountry fair.com. Busy Bee DogS The Busy Bee Dogs are a group of trick- and stunt-trained pets who perform at special events and have made several television appearances including Animal Planet and “America’s Got Talent.” Lana Maeder, owner and head trainer, says all four of the trick dogs have been rescued from shelters across the U.S. The pups perform special tricks based on their individual personalities and athletic abilities. You can expect to see dogs who drive race cars, play basketball, jump rope, and perform fast and furious Frisbee. See the Busy Bee Dog Show throughout the weekend — 45-minute performances are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Point Lawn. Kid’s World Kid’s World is nestled underneath giant shady trees and offers a multitude of kid-friendly activities and entertainment. The area includes a stage area for fun contests like hula hooping and pie eating. Catch the Swan Bros. Circus at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Zippy and Hi-Tops, the clowns, have been delighting crowds for over 30 years and are favorites with kids of all ages at the Gold Country Fair. Puppets & Players Theatre, bringing their magical tales of far away lands, takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kid’s World also features recycled art projects, pedal tractor pulls, Auburn Gymnastic performances and plenty of old-fashioned, silly contests — boys and girls can try their hand at the funny face contest, a bubble gum blowing contest, the Gold Rush Diaper Derby and watermelon eating contest. Find Kid’s World in Farrell Wrenn Park. Fun with Physics A science exhibit at the Gold Country Fair encourages interactive participation to learn about principles of science in a fun and non-threatening environment. Fairgoers can test their ability to solve brain-racking challenges with Mind Bogglers. At the kids construction area, youngsters can construct a miniature arch bridge, use a wrench on the bolt wall or just use their imagination with colorful building supplies. Fairgoers can also create patterns using bright pattern blocks or gears and magnetic walls. Visitors will also have the chance to experience simple machines, the Bernoulli principal, Newton’s Laws of Motion and much more. Find Fun with Physics in Placer Hall. Fast Fridays On Friday night, dirt track racing at its finest will decide who rules at the Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway Gold Cup Championship. It’s pure excitement that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The event requires fair and race admission tickets. Fast Fridays tickets are free for children 11 and under, $6 for juniors 12-15, $6 for seniors 65 and older and $11 for adults 16-64. For more information on Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway and all of their events check out www.fastfridays.com or call (530) 878-7223. Sixties Summer of Love Take a seat, close your eyes, and take yourself back to the Summer of Love. Whether you experienced it yourself, or you were just a sparkle in your parents’ or grandparents’ eyes, you’ll hear the songs that have stood the test of time and are the basis for the popular sounds of today when Sixties Summer of Love takes the Coors Main Stage at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. Friday. Patton Leatha With a stage performance that has been compared to the likes of Jackie Wilson and Michael Jackson, Patton Leatha has captured the attention of audiences all over the world with a soulful voice and a dynamic stage performance to match. Catch Patton Leatha at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday on the Coors Main Stage. Wedding Crashers Want an energetic and interactive band that plays all your rock and dance favorites? See Wedding Crashers at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday on the Coors Main Stage. Whiskey Dawn Whiskey Dawn’s music has been heard on multiple country stations throughout the state. They’ve performed with several Nashville acts including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Bucky Covington, Lady Antebellum, and more. Whiskey Dawn will performs on the Budweiser Stage at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Destruction Derby See some crash-up, smash-up fun not one, but two nights this year. The Destruction Derby takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Grandstands. Tickets, which are in addition to fair admission, are $6 for children 2-12 and $8 for everyone 13 and older. Full Body Rock Mark McPhail, Sandy Selby and Michael Furlong make up this rock trio, which belts out hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, performing the hits everyone knows the words to by Bad Company, Heart, and Bryan Adams. Experience Full Body Rock at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday on the Coors Main Stage.