El Dorado County Fair is old-fashioned family fun

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Expect fair weather for the annual El Dorado County Fair, which runs this afternoon through Sunday. Rides, cotton candy, artwork, crafts, performing sea lions and farm animals makes the fair a family friendly four-day bash. ?This is awesome,? said 8-year-old Samuel Bist as he chewed on bright blue cotton candy. ?This is our first time.? The Bist family hails from Cameron Park. ?That ride is my favorite, The Himilaya,? he said of the spinning ride. ?I want to see the monster trucks and motocross.? Confections vendor Amber Jared, of Apple Valley, hawked cotton candy to passersby from her spot. ?I serve a lot and sell a lot of cotton candy,? she said between customers. Screaming on the Kamikaze was 16-year-old Kyle Brown, of Pollock Pines. ?I?ve been coming every year, once or twice each time,? he said. ?It?s always fun to have good time and scream your heart out on the rides, even the kiddie rides.? Brown said he enters items in the fair and loves to see the exhibits. ?It?s fun to see everyone?s projects at the fair,? he said. Gary Gilligan, a chef, was busy doing cooking demonstrations at the fair. Gilligan is also known as one of the primary organizers of the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn. The El Dorado County Fair runs through Sunday, June 17, at the fairgrounds in Placerville. To learn more, visit