2010 County Fair has full plate of specials

DEL MAR — With Taste the Fun as the 2010 theme, the San Diego County Fair is serving up a variety of value days and special events that are sure to please the palate of fairgoers young and old.
This year the fair runs June 11 to July 5, except for three Mondays on June 14, June 21 and June 28.
General admission is $13, or $11 if tickets are bought at Albertsons. Adults 62 and older and children between 6 to 12 pay $7. Those 5 and younger are free.
Back by popular demand is the Best Pass Ever, which offers entry 22 days for $22. There is also a value pack for $51, which includes four adult admission tickets, four drink coupons, 20 ride coupons and a parking pass.
For $39.95, ride lovers can purchase one adult admission, one drink coupon and 50 ride coupons. Ride coupons are also available for $15 for 25 rides.
Klondike bars and Pop Tarts have been selected as this year’s deep-fried delicacies. The normally “fowl” Chicken Charlie will offer beef kabobs. Pickle-stuffed hot dogs are also new.
The Grandstand Stage will feature performances by OneRepublic, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Switchfoot.
The first 25,000 fairgoers on opening and closing day and every Thursday will receive a 7-Eleven prize pack — a reusable shopping bag filled with coupons and special deals. On $2 Tuesdays on June 15, June 22 and June 29 attendees can take a taste at the more than 100 food stands for $2 each.
Admission is $3 on June 15, but tickets must be purchased in advance at Albertsons. Tuesdays are also kids days. Children 12 and younger get in free and special activities are planned. Thursdays are seniors days with entertainment and activities for adults 62 and older.
From noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, $30 will get you unlimited access to the fun zone and kiddieland rides.
Friday fairgoers will receive a coupon saver book. Every Sunday is Dia de la Familia, during which Mexican culture will be showcased with ballet, folklorios, Mexican artisans, crafts, games and contests.
Performances contests this year include an a cappella sing off, an oratorical competition for students or groups in kindergarten through 12th grade and an amateur singers challenge.
Musicpalooza is returning with a $10,000 grand prize in two divisions — solo and bands.
San Diego’s Best Dance Crew, a hip-hop dance competition with a $1,000 prize in each division, is open to groups of five or more. New this year is a DJ mix-off, with a $1,000 grand prize.
The beer festival has been expanded to three days beginning June 25. There will also be an enviro fair, the sixth annual gospel concert, pro wrestling and mixed martial arts and the eighth annual motorcycle ride to the fair.
To ease parking and traffic, the Coaster will be running July Fourth, which will include the annual fireworks display
Gates open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and closing day July 5.
Gates close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Parking is $10.
Visit www.sdfair.com for more information.

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