County fair to host ‘Hat Day at the Races’ Aug. 2
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The Kentucky Derby has already been run, but those attending the horse races at the Sonoma County Fair still have a chance to celebrate derby style at the fourth annual Hat Day at the Races on Saturday, Aug. 2.

The event begins at 1 p.m. in the VIP tent near the racing grandstands. Hats that embrace a full color palette and reflect this year’s fair theme, “Peace, Love & Fair,” inspired by the 1960s are encouraged. It’s the chance to see and be seen, while playing the ponies and eating hors d'oeuvres and Sonoma County wines – all in support of a worthy cause. In addition to betting on the races and enjoying select food and beverages, attendees may vie for prizes in the hat competition, including Best Female, Best Male, Best Couple, Best Fascinator and Best of Show.

Tickets are $50 per person and include fair admission, a seat to the races, a live auction, hat competition, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Individual tickets may be purchased online at or at the fair box office. Reserved tables for eight are available for $500. Table reservations must be purchased at the box office, located at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. in Santa Rosa. Event proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Fair Foundation, which raises money and stewards funds for facility improvements and special projects of the Sonoma County Fair.

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