‘Goin’ Hollywood’ at Placer County Fair

Fair boasts interactive stunt attraction, motocross, monster trucks and more
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What’s the theme?

Goin’ Hollywood! And what’s Hollywood without the stunt artists that make the action heroes look good? Peek behind the scenes of filmmaking with the fair’s Movie Stunt Adventure, an interactive attraction where you are the celebrity du jour.

The attraction features a six-story jump tower from which visitors dive into professional stunt airbags.

Stunt performers will lead classes that allow visitors to experience stunt maneuvers. Classes are limited to five students to allow for one-on-one training. You just might find a new career path.

What’s the fun stuff?

Too much to list here! Featured daily entertainment includes hypnotist Susan Rosen, speed painter Tim Decker and Smokin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll pianist Sebastian Sidi.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, check out the Texaco Country Showdown. The nationwide tour finds the most promising country music talent in the United States. The showdown begins each spring with more than 450 local talent shows before contestants advance to state competitions, held at fairs and expositions.

What’s that flying through the air?

Freestyle motocross riders, of course! At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the motorcycle riders will attempt to impress judges and the audience with jumps and stunts, taking to the ramps to perform the Cliffhanger, Cordova, Hart Attack, Kiss of Death, 360s and all other sorts of crazy tricks.

Buy your ticket at the Placer County Fair office or online at Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for juniors.

What’s that loud sound?

That would be a monster truck ramming over obstacles and revving its engine. Yippee! Watch as Time Fly’s, Fired Up and Hog Wild put on a fun-filled show, which includes some special treats, but we don’t want to ruin the surprise.

The Monster Truck Show takes place at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for juniors. Advance tickets can be purchased online and the first 150 sold will include a pass to the California State Fair at Cal Expo. Can’t beat that deal!

Or, maybe you hear a different sound, slightly more tame. That would be the lawnmower races, a fan-favorite event that débuted during last year’s fair.Professional riders will zoom around a dirt track at speeds of nearly 60 mph. Catch the races from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

What’s that smell?

Yummy! You ventured into an exhibition hall filled with baked goods and produce stands (there are also vendors selling or displaying arts, crafts, textiles and other projects locally made).

If you notice a stench, you happened upon the livestock show. Enjoy the, um, “unique scents,” as youngsters groom and feed their animals.

~ Sena Christian


2011 Placer County Fair
Thursday through Sunday
Hours: Noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Exhibits close at 10 p.m. daily.
Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville
Cost: Free admission before 3 p.m. Adults (ages 13 and up) $4, children (12 and under) and seniors (60 and up) $2. Carnival presale $20. Additional fee for special events. Parking $6.
Info: For a complete schedule of events, visit or call (916) 786-2023