3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM Colorado River Fair opens tomorrow
The Colorado River Fair “Fun-tier Days” begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. Helm & Sons Amusements set up the carnival and booths last week in anticipation of tomorrow. See the Colorado River Fair insert in today’s edition of the Palo Verde Valley Times for more information.
BLYTHE - Tomorrow marks opening day at the Colorado River Fair, which this year is themed "Fun-tier Days" and runs March 21-24.
This year's fair patrons will be greeted with frontier-themed flair throughout the fairgrounds beginning with a pioneer mining scene constructed by the various vocational departments at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.
While local acts dominate the four-day event, the big-ticket entertainment item at this year's fair is The Alley Cats, scheduled to perform on the Bommer Stage on Saturday night. The doo-wop group will bring great tunes and comedy.
New this year is the Children Theater located inside the Jaycees Building. The theater will feature Becky's Creation and Theater 16 and will be open the same hours as the carnival.
"This year's fair is bigger and better," said fairgrounds manager, Bruce Wilson. "I want everyone to come and see the set-up and have fun."
The show is included in the cost of admission ($8). Pre-sale bracelets for rides are $20 or $25 at the gate for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Thursday, entrance to the fair is free with a can of food that will be donated to the Blythe Emergency Food Pantry. If you don't have a can, the cost is $1. Tickets are available at the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, at the Blythe Police Department or at the fairgrounds office.
There will be a local talent showcase on March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bommer Theater and the Texaco Country Showdown will hold a talent tryout for aspiring country and western singers on March 23 at 6 p.m. Winners of the Texaco Country Showdown will move on to compete in regional and national events. Applications for the talent show and Texaco tryouts are available at the fair office.
"We're doing a lot more local talent with bands performing throughout the weekend," said Wilson. "Linda Faulkner Dance Studio takes the stage on opening day at 5:30 p.m., with The Dance Yard performing on Friday at 4 p.m.," Wilson said.
On March 23, the livestock auction will be held at 12:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the races begin at the I-10 Speedway.
"They're going to leave the Ace parking lot at 10 a.m. and parade through town ending up at the racetrack," said Wilson. There will be on-going acts covering the fairgrounds each day which includes Blythe's own Gilbert Figueroa showing off his juggling skills.
Mark Yuzuik the hypnotist returns for another year as well the Children's Park that features Kids Town America! and Wild Science. Also, the Jaycees building will be open all day, every day, featuring local talent in arts and crafts, food, and other areas.
All events are included with the price of admission.
The carnival will feature two rides that spent eight years at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch - the Wave Slinger and the Black Widow, brought in by family-owned Helm & Sons Amusements.
Other carnival rides will be a Thomas the Train ride and a mini boat swing. For the older (and taller) crowd, there will be the State Fair Slide, one of the largest portable slides in the country, the Century Wheel, bumper cars, the Zipper, plus many more rides.
While the fairgrounds ticket booth will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, the carnival will be open on Thursday from 3 to 11 p.m., Friday from 3 until midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon until 11 p.m.
"We're definitely expecting a high turnout again this year," Wilson said. "We have a lot of free entertainment with admission to the fair. I want to thank all of our supporters. Without them this wouldn't be possible."