The Butte County Fair wrapped up another run on Sunday, and as always, there was something for everyone at the Butte County Fairgrounds.
From carnival rides to storytelling to popular events like the rodeo or the destruction derby – and of course, the food – the fair brought thousands of people to Gridley for four days of fun.
Of course, the annual event is a showcase for area agricultural, and area schoolchildren from FFA and 4-H programs work hard all year growing the animals that they get to bring the fair and show off.
How big a piece of the local fabric is the fair?
The Gridley High School football team, in fact, planned its 2017 schedule around it. While most other area schools started the season last Friday night, the Bulldogs were off, and don’t open the season until this week.
On Friday night, fairgoers were lined up hundreds deep to get into the fair.
Inside, a number of exhibits drew their attention. One was Wheeler Ranch’s animal display, which showed off alpacas, ducks, sheep and miniature horses.
Some were there for the Tractor Pull in the arena which was a raucous event.
Joe Fontes of Gridley, a Gridley High School graduate, was checking out the display with friend Xavier Torres of Colusa.
Going to the fair was a big part of Fontes’ childhood, and the Gridley native said that’s continued into adulthood.
“You see people you grew up with, meet up with old friends,” Fontes said.
“It’s like a reunion.”
Fair officials said attendance was a bit down this year, as was participation in some of the events. Temperatures over 100 played a big part in this.