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Madera Fair Ends 2017 Season

MADERA - The Madera District Fair closed out their 2017 season last night. It was a season that brought free concerts on the main stage from the likes of Gary Allan, Kool and the Gang and Eddie Money. Fresh pies, bar-be-qued ribs, cup cakes and salsa was judged in the Woman's World building. And reptiles took over the skating rink and many folks got to hold their first snake or alligator.

Sunday a dozen folks competed in a watermelon eating contest for a blue ribbon just like fair visitors did the day before with the pie eating contest. Thousands came through the gates Sunday to take advantage of the Sunday discounts on the Midway with buy one get one wrist bands for the rides. In the carnival a lot of stuff animals found new homes in Madera as guest tried their luck with darts, ping pong balls and even rifles.


Livestock Auction and Eddie Money Highlight the Madera Fair

MADERA - There is only one day left to get out to the Madera Fair and experience your fair since 1937. Only one day left to eat a Madera Fair corn dog or a 20/30 tri-tip sandwich. Only one day left to check out Tech Town in Lumber Town and play a virtual reality game or work a real life robot. The gates open at 3pm and tonight's concert is a double header.

If you're in Hatfield Hall you should check out the gorgeous works of edible art at Chickies Tasty Treats. These aren't your mother's home baked cookies. Ty-dyed cookies or cookies made with beer, you have to see these works of art to believe them Have you ever wanted to "Have a Cow"? You can order a dozen of them from Chickie. Check out her collection of cookies, macarons, cupcakes and caramels.

70th Anniversary: Hollister Independance Rally Huge Success

HOLLISTER, CA - The bikes rolled back into Hollister, California last Friday for the now annual Independence Rally hosted by city. The of this historic rally was San Benito Street right in the middle of the city’s downtown. Motorcycles filled the city’s main street for a four block area where vendors sold everything from t-shirts to motorcycles along the side roads.

This year marked the seventh anniversary of historic American Motorcycle Association sanctioned Gypsy Tour Event held in the city where "evil bikers" (the 1%) invaded the city in 1947.  After staged photo outside Johnny's Bar was published in Life Magazine in 1947, followed by a Harper's Magazine's article "The Cyclists Raid" and the Marlon Brando movie "The Wild Ones" hit the theaters, the legend of the outlaw biker was born. However the events in Hollister in 1947 bore little resemblances to the movie or the article, the bikers did not run amok nor become violent.

Madera Fair Gets Funky and Teaches the Kids

MADERA -The kids of the Madera Unified School District descended upon the grounds of the Madera Fair for Kids Day. Over four thousand third graders from all of the MUSD schools plus some of the area county schools walked the grounds to check out the entertainment, educational displays and of course the animals. Corn dogs were enjoyed by those that brought their money but for the most part this was an annual free experience for the kids.

When the gates opened for the general public later in the day the carnival attracted kids of all ages. In the Woman's World building the home grown pie judging contest brought out the best bakers from Madera. Out in Livestock the kids had one last day to prepare for Saturday's auction.

2016 Pomegranate Festival Finds New Home

MADERA - Over 10,000 people made their way to the Madera Fair Grounds Saturday for the annual Madera Pomegranate Festival. The FREE festival which has been held at the Madera Airport for the last few years moved to the fairgrounds to meet the need for more space as the event has grown bigger and better every year.

This years event had twice as many booth spaces and twice as many food vendors as in years past. The worry of food vendors being able to compete and make enough money were soon dismissed after the gates were open. Debi Bray of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event, says that this year vendors set records on sales with nearly all selling out of the products by the end of the day.

Madera Fair Kicks It Off With Gary Allan & Robots

MADERA - The Madera District Fair kicked off it's four day run Thursday with robots and country music. The kids from the Madera High School Robotics Team took over Lumber Town with their robots and VR Games. Then Gary Allan brought his brand of country music to the main stage to rock the crowds.

This year the concerts are free and you can get right up front, close to the stars. Last night folks rented lawn chairs to hang out on the grass or stand close to the stage for the free Gary Allan show. Tonight Kool and the Gang take the stage for a little funky Rhythm and Blues. There are a limited amount of lawn chairs that rent for Five Dollars a night.

Reno's Street Vibrations Safe, Successful Motorcycle Rally

RENO - The Fall motorcycle rally in Reno known as Street Vibrations rolled out of town Sunday night after a hugely successful and safe weekend of entertainment, poker runs and fun. It is estimated the 22nd annual rally brought in more than $114 million into the local economy through hotels, restaurants, gasoline and sales from the more than 50,000 participants.

 

On Thursday television star Erik Estrada served as grand marshal for the parade of police bikes to kick off the event. He later sat for a meet and greet where fans took photos and got autographs from the "CHiP's" star. Estrada wasn't the only entertainment, bands from across the country performed at the over ten stages through-out the rally in Reno, Carson City and Virginia City.


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