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Placer County Fair an annual tradition for some residents

Fair runs through Sunday at Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Not even an hour after the annual Placer County Fair opened Thursday afternoon and Roseville resident Tai French's three little kids were winning goldfish.

All it took was the toss of a ping-pong ball into one of the hundreds of small containers floating on water in a carnival game.

"We've gone (to the fair) the last couple of summers," French said. "The kids look forward to it. We play games, ride the rides and get a treat. It's a tradition."

This year's four-day event, with the theme "race to the fair," features a performance by the band Smash Mouth, Mixed Martial Arts fights, a food court, NASCAR races, exhibits on the women of Placer County, local bands playing on multiple stages, plenty of rides and much more.

But for organizer John Javidan, the main attraction will be the community feel. Lexie Anderson, 18, of Auburn felt that sense of community in the agricultural section of the fair, where she was showing her sheep.

Anderson hopes her sheep win some awards and that she sells them by Sunday. In the meantime, she was enjoying spending time with fellow young farmers.

"(This) is my favorite time of the year," she said.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Placer County Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday

Where: Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville

Cost: Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors 60 and over and kids 12 and under

Info: For complete schedule, see www.placercountyfair.org