Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Activities both familiar and new will fill annual event's four-day schedule

At 8 a.m. this morning, the gates will swing open on another year of a time-tested local institution that is more Del Normal than lily bulbs and redwood stumps: the Del Norte County Fair, which runs today through Sunday.

Some things never change at the fair, like the year-after-year, crowd-pleasing spectacles of Sunday's Demolition Derby and Tuff Trucks competition, Saturday's C.C.P.R.A. Rodeo, Friday's Miss Del Norte competition, the Grange Jr. Livestock Auction on Sunday and a country music star or two.

This year, award-winning country music star John Micheal Montgomery will take the stage. His performance starts at 7 p.m. tonight, with local band Disturbing the Peace opening at 6 p.m. Billy Lund and Whiskey Weekend will provide the tunes for the adult rodeo dance on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Fairgoers are bound to delight in sleeping off the food hangover associated with myriad fried grub, including the beloved "doughboys" sold by Job's Daughters, corn dogs and adult sodas from the beer garden.

But what would a fair preview be without highlighting the new attractions? Let's take a look at our contenders:

andbull; Everybody loves dogs and everybody loves making splashes, but not until you watch a pooch propel into a pool will people appreciate the grand combination of the two.

In a new fair attraction, X-treme Air Dogs, canines will compete to jump the farthest or highest from a platform into a pool of water.

Professional air dogs will be competing at the Del Norte Fair from as far as San Diego, Reno and Portland.

For anyone that thinks that their own dog may have what it takes, the air dog arena is open to first-time competitors for a "give it a try" round. Those interested in competing should notify fairgrounds employees by calling 464-9556.

andbull; In the spirit of American horsepower, another new event this year will have guests grabbing for the earplugs and watching for wipeouts: the ATV Quad Bash will start at 3 p.m. Friday with the race staging at 6:30 p.m. and an award show after the race. Entry forms for the quad bash are online

andbull; In the spirit of having something completely not Del Norte, there will be a Florida alligator on display this year, much like large steers on display in years past, except it's an alligator.

andbull; Ever wanted to be on a game show but had way too much real-life responsibilities to enter one? The Traveling Game Show will be roaming the fairgrounds giving folks the chance to compete in a trivia game on wheels.

andbull;andensp;ith California's oldest family-owned cheese company (Rumiano, of course), Del Norters know their cheese. The Future Farmers of America are holding a dairy competition that includes a blind cheese identification test and a milk taste test.

andbull; Del Norte's 4-H program will be holding an archery demonstration on Friday in the Ace Pavillion, but leave your shields at home - the kids have been practicing all year.

For more information about the Del Norte County Fair, visitdnfair.orgor pickup a copy of the fair guide in Tuesday's Triplicate or at the Triplicate office, 312 H Street, Crescent City.

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