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History 1967-part 1

By: Irene Hilsendager
May 8, 2020

For the thirtieth year-let’s go to the fair

The 30th annual Sonoma County fair opens Monday, July 17, for a thirteen-day run with a fun-packed program, according to James Lyttle, Fair manager.

Pari-mutuel wagering and daily doubles will be conducted twelve days of the fair with no racing on Sunday. Two harness, two quarter horse and eight Thoroughbred running races will be held daily. Closed circuit television will show actual races and between races, give current information on pari-mutuel odds, pay-offs, changes in weights or jockeys and other facts important to handicappers.

Emphasis in the premium division of the flower show will be on arrangements and fresh exhibits will be offered every other day. The main hall of flowers has a new winding brook setting designed by sculptor Will Forni.

Many exciting free shows are on the program. Dominating these will be the “Frivolous Five.” a musical comedy act on July 17-23. The following week, July 24-29, the star of the vaudeville show will be Pat Woodell, who formerly played Bobbie Joe in TV’s Petticoat Junction. Opening night of the fair features the finals for the selection of Sonoma County Fair’s FFA Sweetheart. A contest among the county’s best amateur talent is scheduled for July 24.


Irene Hilsendager’s column each week touches on moments in the history of Cotati, Rohnert Park and Penngrove.