Fall Fair boasts many attractions

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Are you ready for the Desert Empire Fair? Four days of fun and attractions are being readied for you. Free concerts, new rides from Butler Amusements, the IWV Bull Riding Extravaganza, WomenAfs Heart Association Barrel Racing, a livestock auction, vendors, exhibits and lots more will be featured.

New for this year will be a “Monster Truck” ride in a truck that holds 11 people.

Presale tickets are available around town and online at www.desertempirefair.com.

Wristband sales for rides are also available at the same venues.

Admission for young fairgoers — ages 12 and younger — is free on Thursday, Oct. 18. Not only that, but admission for all will be free on Sunday, Oct. 21, until 3 p.m. All you need for admission is a can of food or a nonperishable food item, to benefit the local Salvation Army Food Bank.

“We’ve been building up excitement for the last few months,” said Mike Leming, DEF CEO. “We’re getting it all together.

“We have still exhibits in Joshua Hall — photography, food, quilts and horticulture. Mesquite Hall will be full of vendors, and of course there is the parade on Saturday. We have Ken Keifer, the voice of the fair, Matt Sorrenson’s Can Art, Poseidon’s Bubbles and the Rawhide Express Train.”

Free concerts include “The Remodelers” on Thursday, “Check-ered Past” on Friday, “The Honky Tonk Truckers” on Saturday and “Mariachi Sonidos De Tierra” on Sunday.

Paid attractions include:

Friday at 7 p.m., “Vendetta,” $5 donation, to benefit IWV Chief Petty Officers Association.

Saturday at 7 p.m., IWV Bull Riding Extravaganza, $5 donation to benefit local Gymkhana.

Sunday at 8 a.m., WomanAfs Heart Association Barrel Racing, $5 donation, to benefit Southern Sierra Boys & Girls Club.

Story First Published: 2012-10-17