MADERA - The 125th edition of the Madera District Fair opened its gates Thursday night with a bang from 80's rockers .38 Special. The wild eyed southern boys helped bring in record crowds for a Thursday night and played all of their hits for nearly an hour and a half.
Walking around the fair, guests might have noticed several changes including the addition of over 40 new picnic tables, a kids zone near the old grandstand and Tech Town at Lumber Town. The Madera High School Robotics Team has taken over Lumber Town with digital printers, virtual reality games, robots and a plethora of technology. If your phone is dead, there is even charging stations.
A special presentation from the VFW kicked off the fair's opening with a flag salute. Then the fair paid tribute to their former head of security, Chuck Reiring who passed away unexpectedly last week with the playing of Taps. Chuck served the people of this county through 32 years with the Madera County Sheriff's Department. His wife Joyce was the fairs secretary and when Chuck retired from the county he took on the position of head of fair security. Chuck was 68 years of age. A special wreath has been placed at the flag pole near Hatfield Hall in Chuck's memory.
Food is a plenty at the fair with several local favorites like the $5 tri-tip sandwiches at the 20-30 Active Booth and tacos from the Pan-American Club. The guys at 20-30 are also the cheapest place in the fair for bottled water at only $1. Of course there are plenty of Corn Dog and Beer Booths through out the fair. Check out the Breakfast Lions on the main strip or the Madera Rotary Club near the concert stage for s frothy beverage.
Tonight Montgomery Gentry brings their style of country music to Madera. Tickets are still available at the Madera Fair Ticket Window or online at www.MaderaFair.com. The gates open at 5:00pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm.