Happy 4th and It’s Fair Time!

The staff of the Paso Robles Event Center has so many things packed into the 12 days of “America’s Favorite Fair,” the 72nd Annual Mid-State Fair, plus so many new additions including a whole new carnival, you’re gonna want to plan to spend several days enjoying it! “Come One, Come All…” as this year’s theme states!

One of the most amazing additions to the grounds is the Paso Robles Pavilion, a NEW 100,000 square feet of covered event space building with state of the art facilities built with funding provided by the Heritage Foundation and includes NEW Professional Lighting, NEW Big Ass® Fans, NEW Restrooms & Shower Facilities, NEW Wash Racks and NEW Adjacent Show Office.

“We’ve updated the website (midstatefair.com) to make it easier to access and explore so many more attractions,” said CMSF Head of Sponsorships & Publicity Tom Keffury. “New this year is a brand new carnival provider, with TWO separate carnival areas: the traditional carnival area, plus the brand new CUB COUNTRY, a carnival dedicated to toddlers and young children. The new carnival is presented through a new 5 year contract with Helm and Sons Amusements Carnival…they will be providing new rides with new value pricing and a nationwide reputation for great guest services plus a new cleaner look that includes their employees in uniforms,” said Keffury. “they’re seeking a classier Disneyland-kind of experience.

“And while you’re at the Fair this year, stop by one of our many new attractions like the Hall of Bugs, Slugs & Spiders; Wild West Turkey Stampede; Strongest Man & Woman Competition; or Tomatoes, Tortoises & Treasures exhibit!”

Check out these details and much, much more in our special Fair section this month…starting on page 14. The fun starts Wednesday, July 19 and runs through Sunday, July 30…see you there! 

4th of July activities

Templeton July 4th Parade and Celebration is hosted by Templeton Kiwanis Club. Parade on July 4 at 10 a.m. Before the parade, gather for the annual Templeton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. at 206 5th Street, north of Templeton Park. *Pre-purchase* tickets from any Templeton firefighter at TFD. Buy ASAP, as tickets sell out fast. Call (805) 434-4900. Bring sunscreen, lawn chairs, flags and mark your spot with along historic Main Street or Old County Road. At Templeton Park, enjoy the parade awards ceremony, live music, food trucks, nonprofit booths with family activities, a bounce house, Lions Live Auction, cold beer and more. Call (805) 434-1789. Visit www.templetonchamber.com.

Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival

After some years of being dark on the 4th of July radar, Atascadero will now be home to a brand new Independence Day experience — the 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival, sponsored by the Atascadero Colony Days Committee.

The year is 2017, and years of drought have given way to a terrific rainy season that filled the Atascadero Lake and sets the stage for the return of family fun amusements and community games for the 4th of July including kayak and paddle board races, beer and vendor garden, BBQ Dinner and Beer & Wine served by Atascadero Printery Foundation plus Bluegrass music by Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, Honeysuckle Possums, “BanjerDan” Mazer, and The Toro Creek Ramblers.

Cambria – Old-Fashioned Celebration with Fireworks takes place at Shamel Park on July 4, where Windsor Blvd. meets the ocean. Free parking, admission. Trolley transportation available along Main Street and Moonstone Beach Drive to Shamel Park (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Family fun with Children’s Games all day. Food, music, concessions, Lions Club Bounce House, face painting and prizes. Opening ceremonies (11 a.m.). Swimming pool open (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Live music (1 p.m.). Waiter and Waitress Balancing Tray Relay Races (2 p.m.). Linn’s Messy Pie Eating Contest (3 p.m.). Raffle Drawings (3:15 to 5 p.m.). Fireworks at dusk!

And much more…

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Personal note

Master Adam — Karate Kid

Grandson Adam Thomas Chute celebrates birthday #7, pictured as Master Adam – Karate Kid – lookit those stripes!!