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Del Norte County Fair opens to public

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CRESCENT CITY- The Del Norte County Fair opened its gates to the public Thursday and with the fun came one plea: save our fair.

Nearly 25,000 people are expected to come out to the fair this weekend. This year the fair features many new events including: an alligator exhibit, an extreme dog show and a concert by country superstar John Michael Montgomery.

But fair officials say they hope the fun will be enough to convince voters to say “yes” to a bond measure in November that will provide funds to the fairgrounds. If the bond isn’t passed, the fairgrounds will only have enough money to operate through 2016.

With the rodeo, animal auction and demolition derby drawing out thousands this weekend, those visitors are being asked to have a good time and save the fair.

“We're here to stay and we want people to know that and we need their support,” said Fair Manager Handy Hatfield. “We start today [Thursday] and we go through Sunday and the weather is supposed to be nice so that's great. So we're just looking forward to a good year. “