Giveaway: State Fair Care Package

We have just received a complimentary “Fair Care Package” from the folks at Chevrolet in California and would like to offer it up to one lucky reader. The package includes four general admission tickets, ride tickets, fair necessities, and some Chevrolet goodies. With this deal, you have the opportunity to stop by the Chevrolet test drive track for a VIP ride in a new Camaro, Equinox, or Malibu.

The fair ends on Sunday, August 1st, so we’ll have to end this contest tonight at midnight (Monday, July 26th) to make sure we get the package out to you. To enter, tell us why you love Sacramento and we’ll choose the one we like the best. Simple enough, right?

UPDATE (07/27/10): We have a winner! Thanks for playing, everyone. People love them some Sacramento.

State Fair announces new theme

It looks like Stickie will be donning his pith helmet this summer as the California State Fair announced on Wednesday that its theme will be “Your Passport to Adventure” this year.

Fairgoers will be offered a summer concert series and new attractions, including the first U.S. appearance of the “Days of the Dinosaur” exhibit with dinosaur robots, skeleton replicas and a kids’ archaeological dig. The fair also will have a new jungle adventure with reptiles, birds and amphibians; and an animation and pop culture exhibit.

The Fair finally decided to the move the dates to avoid back to school issues.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the California State Fair has moved off its traditional Labor Day schedule to a July event. An adventure will be waiting inside Cal Expo from Wednesday, July 14 to Sunday, August 1, a 19-day summer schedule that will no longer conflict with the busy back-to-school season.

Those looking to showcase their performing skills can submit an Entertainment Application by March 31st. You hear that, sac-eats?

2010 Forecast: Heavy (!) traffic in Rancho Cordova’s drive-thrus

Getting too big for its boundaries
If you’re a sacrilegious, unemployed heathen who happens to be in Rancho Cordova at any point in time, please disregard this post.

As reported by the Sac Bee, the mayor of Rancho Cordova has big plans for the fair-sized denizens of his city:

Rancho Cordova’s “Great Health Challenge,” planned for announcement at tonight’s City Council meeting, calls for members of the community to drop a combined 40,000 pounds – 20 tons – over the next 10 months.

A rather ambitious objective, I would say. Continue reading “2010 Forecast: Heavy (!) traffic in Rancho Cordova’s drive-thrus”

Sacramento brewers best in state, again

28 beers and ciders from Sacramento were recognized at the 2009 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition.

Sac Brew Master Brewer Peter Hoey is proud of his creations! (photo courtesy of Rick Sellers & Tracy Bethune, Pacific Brew News)
Sac Brew Master Brewer Peter Hoey is proud of his creations! (photo courtesy of Rick Sellers & Tracy Bethune, Pacific Brew News)

The 2009 California State Fair has faded off into fond memory, but you can still enjoy many of the beers that were honored at this year’s Commercial Craft Brew competition. In case you are confused by the judging results, beers (and ciders and meads) are entered into one of 28 categories (and 93 styles), are awarded both a designation of overall quality (gold, silver, bronze) and and an overall ranking in their beer style (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Congrats to our local brewers and thanks for all the great beer!
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Spare me the labor

Labor Day is one of the few holidays I can think of where you celebrate something by not doing it.

Rancho Murieta Online has a few suggestions on things to do on this upcoming Labor Day weekend, in case you were becoming overwhelmed with all the options for the holiday.

In case you would like to spend Labor Day by walking down streets and randomly explaining the history of Labor Day to passers by, check out the Department of Labor website on this very topic. If you could do this in a mailman’s uniform sitting at a bar, you’d be my hero. Cheers.