The theme for the Butte County Fair, “Fun for the Whole Herd,” means exactly what it sounds like, fun for all ages.

The theme for the Butte County Fair, “Fun for the Whole Herd,” means exactly what it sounds like, fun for all ages.

 Grandstand entertainment will be offered all five nights, the Sportsman’s Expo will be back and different bands will be featured each and every night at Goldie’s, besides the ever-popular Fair Idol. Brian Bassett is helping to bring in bands such as ‘60’s Summer of Love, the Chris Garner Band  a salute to Credence Clearwater Revival, just to name a few. Two great bands will perform each night at Goldies, besides the Fair Idol competition where local will show off their singing talents.

All grandstand events will offer pre-sale tickets with children’s tickets ages 12 and under  $5 no matter what event.

The 12th annual Local Team Roping will kick-off the fair on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, free admission day, as local cowboys and cowgirls participate in the competition.

  Thursday will be the Snowmobile, ATV and Side-by-Side Drag Races in the grandstands. Quota Club of Gridley is sponsoring free pony rides for kids from 4 p.m., to midnight on this day. This is of course the day for the queen contests, whether they are Missettes, Miss Teens or Miss Butte County on the Courtyard Stage.

Check out Expo Hall to visit “The Taste of Butte County,” where local Butte County commodities will be featured such as wines, cheeses, rice, dried fruit items and of course beef, as that is the theme this year.  Admission is just $5 to participate in this fun event.

The Outlaw Cart Races will be held Friday in the grandstands for just $8 and $10 seats and if it’s any indication how loud and fun this will be, the Quota Club of Gridley is donating ear plugs! This will be the night of the Knights of Columbus BBQ Tri-Tip Dinner, along with “Law Dawgs and Pistol Arrows.”
Saturday will again be Kid’s Day and also the Westcoast Rodeo and the annual Cattleman’s Dinner.
Of course Sunday is the ever-popular, always a sell-out, Destruction Derby. Tickets will be $13 and $17 for both the rodeo and derby, unless purchased early for a discount. Also on Sunday, the Hispanic Dancing Horses will be performing as this will be La Familia Day.

Visit for applications to participate in events, such as the Snowmobile Drags and the Destruction Derby, vendor applications, a map of the grounds and the events schedule.
The Flower Bowl has taken on a new fresh look outside with new paint, but inside, visitors will be able to visit “Bounties of Butte County,” where local non profit service groups can have featured booths with information for just $10 and compete in big prizes.

The Feather Room will feature more quilts than ever before, as several of the local Quilting Guilds are involved in making this a spectacular huge presentation for all to enjoy.

Historical displays of Butte County will be featured at the south end of Farmers Hall, put on by the Butte County Historical Society and the Gridley Museum among others.

Expo Hall will feature the Sportsman’s Expo and anyone who would like to be a part of this should contact the fair office now at  846-3626. The Sportsmans Expo will be all five days and will feature vendors who can have a 10x10 space for $200 or a 10X20 space for $300. Guns can be raffled off in this expo, but ammunition and knives are not allowed. The California Deer Association, Wild Turkey Federation, California Wildlife Association, Harshbarger ACE Hardware and Kittles are just a few who have signed up so far.

If you would like to support the Butte County Fair by purchasing a sponsorship the Corporate sponsorship is $2,000, the Gold (with a three year commitment) is $1,000; Gold (with a one year commitment), Silver $850, Bronze $500 and Friends of the Fair are $125.

Booths are going quickly, so if you are interested in being a vendor or your service organization is looking for a way to raise money, call the fair office at 846-3626.