Another Butte County Fair is in the books - and as usual, there was something fun to do for for about just about everyone.
Thousands of people crowded into the Butte County Fairgrounds here in Gridley over the fair’s four day run - which this year was blessed with perfect late-summer Northern California weather: Not too hot at all, with temperatures in the upper 80s most of the time.
Want to listen to some music? Check.
Want to ride some rides? Check.
Want to watch a bunch of cars actually trying to hit each other? Check.
Want to eat some really good but not always necessarily good for you food? Check.
Want to check out the animals and the dedicated kids who raise them all year in eager anticipation of their chance to shine? Check.
You get the idea.
Of course, at its core, the fair is about our community’s ties to the agriculture industry.
And one of those aforementioned kids raising an animal all year was Gridley FFA member Zane Young.
After raising pigs the past few years, Young, a rising junior and Gridley FFA officer, decided to shift gears and try cattle this year.
He learned a lot this year even though his steer did not sell at the fair’s auction, Young said.
“I’m going to take what I learned, take my steer home and work on trying to get a private buyer,” Young said as he cleaned up his stall area and prepared to pack up for the year. “Hopefully I can do better next year.
Friday night’s Mud Boggs and Tough Trucks show brought out number of area drivers to show off their trucks and get a little dirty.
One pair of friends came all the way from Nevada City - they apparently didn’t get enough fun out of their visit to the Nevada County Fair earlier this month.
Austin Dowling and Frank Beluzzi have known each other since childhood. They’ve both competing in mud truck events for the past several years.
This was the first time they decided to try their luck at the Butte County Fair here in Gridley.
The events are for stock vehicles, which means very few modifications can be done, Dowling said.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Dowling said. “And if you’re lucky, you can find someone to sponsor you!”
Meanwhile, at Farmer’s Hall on Sunday afternoon, a couple of members of the Butte County Historical Society were spreading the word about the county’s rich history.
Debbie Adamson and Dixie Hargrove were wrapping up the fair’s final afternoon at the society’s booth, which was a treasure trove of memorabilia and photos of Butte County history including the ticket booth from the Butte Theatre along with movie posters and other theatre artifacts.
Hargrove said she enjoys talking to people - and enjoys talking to people about Butte County’s history even more.
“There are a lot of great stories,” Hargrove said.