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Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

MADERA - It's time to Party Down in Lumber Town as the Madera District Fair opened it's gates Thursday night to thousands of patrons. The first things guests may have noticed when they entered the fairgrounds was the old Floriculture Building is gone. It's been replaced with a working waterwheel and a representation of the old Sugar Pine Lumber Mill that once sat out on Tozer Road near the site of Millview School.


The lumber town has a twelve foot tall waterwheel and pump house complete with a flume that follows the length of the building. The building will be available for rental for parties and gatherings. Soon a bar will be built on the inside of the structure around the base of the smokestacks. Inside and around the building  are such historic items such as an authentic sawmill, steam donkey and log wash. Visitors will also see an authentic stage coach and buggy.

The plants and gardens that used to be housed in the old Floriculture Building have been moved. The gardens have been moved to the old horse barn out by the animals and the plants and flowers are now in the skating rink.

If you are taking the whole family and don't want to spend a lot of money on food, you should stop by the Madera Breakfast Lions food booth at the barns. They are running a special; a cheeseburger, chips and a soda for $4. The Pan-American Club has brought back their tacos and other Mexican food items this year. They are offering a taco for $3 and a bottle of water for $2.

The best tri-tip sandwich and other BBQ items can be found across from the 20-30 booth on the main strip at the Willd West Bar-B-Que. Watch their chefs prepare the meats and veggies right before your eyes. Are you looking for a good brat or sausage, ribs, brisket, chicken or pork? They have those too. Just tell them that Big Valley News sent you and you will receive a complimentary napkin.

When you are out there remember to support the service clubs of this community. They give so much back and are out at the fair to raise money for scholarships, youth programs and other worthwhile actives. The Rotary Club is selling beer near the concert area, the Breakfast Lions have two booths (one at the barns and a beer booth on the main strip) and the Pan American Club is selling beer and food across from the Woman's World Building.

Friday night the fair got a little HIPPER when Tower of Power brought their Oakland sound to the main stage. The band that has been together for 44 years played all their hits to a nearly sold out crowd. After the concert the band stuck around for a hour or so to their fans and sign autographs.

This morning over 4000 students from Madera Unified School District will descend on the fairgrounds checking out all the educational displays the fair has to offer. Mostly second and third graders, nearly every school in the district along with the charter schools will send their students to the fair. For many of these kids this may be the only time they get to visit.

Tonight 70's and 80's rock legends Styx takes the stage to perform all their hits including Babe, Renegade, Foolin Yourself and Come Sail Away. Tickets are still available at the box office and should be available up until show time at 8pm.

The conventions are over and everything on TV is a re-run. Come on out to the Biggest Little Fair in California.




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