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Enjoy the music of others or make your own at the county fair

While most would call all that goes on at any fair entertainment, music is a major source of entertainment for the Nevada County Fair, which opens Wednesday for a glorious five-day run.

Country rock, jazz, soul, blues, folk, ukelele, barbershop, classic rock ‘n’ roll, dance, rockabilly – it’s all on the schedule. John Basa of The Drum Studio in Grass Valley will be showcasing the best of his drummers. The 15-man Sierranaders will sing some oldies that will make you smile.

And KVMR’s Silver Stage Showcase will interview some of our local and regional musicians – such as The Humperheads, DeadBeats, Wickerman, Anderson Family Bluegrass Band – who will then perform; listen for this 8-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 4-6 p.m. Sunday, or stop by to see the artists in action (go online at http://www.kvmr.org for more about this).

Dr. Bach & the Jazz Practitioners lead the daily parade at 5 p.m., just inside the main gate, with infectious Dixieland rhythms.

For folks who like to make music themselves, the Gold Country Idol singing competition, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, is a great way to be heard. Deadline to enter is Friday, Aug. 3. Contact the fair office at (530) 273-6217 to sign up and pay your $5 entry fee. The winner takes home $100 and a chance to sing again at the California State Fair final competition in Sacramento.

Rules are: must be between 16 and 28 years old and, must reside in Nevada County and must bring accompaniment music on CDs – one for each song. Solo vocalists only. Good luck!

Of course, there’s plenty more to what constitutes entertainment at the fair. The Fair Guide (which will be inserted into The Union) has a special listing for it each and every day. Comedy acts, juggling, wild and exotic animal show, fashion show, areana events (rodeo, motorsports) … the list is huge.

For this schedule, plus everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the fair, go online (see Know & Go box) or pick up a Fair Guide with swashbuckling pirates on its cover. (Have you seen the fair’s poster? A sort of Johnny Depp in barnyard disguise.)

WHAT: Nevada County Fair

WHEN: The fair is open from 10 a.m. Ð 11 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 8-12. Exhibits open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: Adults, $7; seniors, $6; kids ages 6-12, $3; ages 5 and under, free.

Parking: Parking is $5 per car.

Gate 1 is disabled and permit

parking; Gate 4, general parking.

Free parking is available at Nevada

Union High School, with a no-

cost shuttle service running to the

fair every half-hour, from 8:30

a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

INFORMATION: Go online at http://www.nevadacountyfair.com or call (530) 273-6217 for more information. The official Fair Guide will be inserted in The Union today; copies also available at local merchants, chambers of commerce and libraries.

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