This Week: State Fair opens Friday at Cal Expo

Published: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 6:35 am

State Fair opens Friday at Cal Expo

On Friday, the California State Fair will open its turnstile gates for the 160th time. But this year, the fair is under new management.

Rick Pickering, former head of the Alameda County Fair, will be orchestrating events as the successor to now-retired Norb Bartosik, who ran the fair as general manager for 20 years.

So what's new?

For starters, 11-foot-high C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters donated by the Disney California Adventure Park – a gift Bartosik had a hand in securing – will greet visitors at the main Cal Expo entrance.

Fair officials also are promoting a 5th Dimension Experience, an environment comprising multiple 3-D screens, along with ground fog and dramatic lighting, that shows videos at the pace of people walking through the attraction.

Thrill seekers might want to take a spin on the new Vertigo ride, which swings people 100 feet in the air, while those who like to keep their feet on the ground may have a better time at the Farm, where urban farming – showcasing container gardens and edible landscape plants – is the new feature.

You can find out more at the fair's website,

– Ken Chavez

Historical group adds markers to Sierra trail

The local chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association will dedicate seven new historical markers along the Carson River Route of the California Emigrant Trail at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The California-Nevada chapter's ceremony takes place at the Caples Lake boat launch facility along Highway 88.

Behind the news: Dee Owens, a spokeswoman for the association's California-Nevada chapter, said the group's mission is to rediscover, map and preserve the trails that Gold Rush-era settlers used to cross the Sierra. The markers' story boards provide information to the public about the trails.


Slaughter latest pick of Bee Book Club

New York Times best-selling author Karin Slaughter, one of the top writers of thrillers in the nation, will appear at The Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento. Slaughter will discuss her newest book, "Unseen," which features the latest adventures of Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent.

Behind the news: Slaughter is best known for her two award-winning series – "Grant County," set in rural Georgia, and "Will Trent," set in and around Atlanta. The event is free, but tickets are required. Go to and click on "Bee Events."

Info: Call (916) 321-1128

AAA's new gas price survey due Tuesday

Motorists throughout the Sacramento area had no trouble finding gasoline for less than $4 a gallon over the July 4 holiday weekend, but other parts of California were seeing steeper at-the-pump costs. On Tuesday AAA will release its monthly survey of gas prices.

Info: Check for updates

City Council to study poultry-keeping issues

The Rancho Cordova City Council will hold a study session Tuesday to discuss issues associated with keeping chickens – specifically hens – in residential neighborhoods. The current zoning code allows poultry keeping on residential lots of at least a half-acre, and does not limit the number or gender of the birds. The council is considering possible amendments to zoning code provisions related to keeping hens in residential areas. The special meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the American River Community Room at City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.


Bonnie Gore hosts chat in Roseville

As part of Roseville's community coffee series, City Council member Bonnie Gore will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m Tuesday to talk about city-related topics at the Maidu Library, 1530 Maidu Drive.


See 'Field of Dreams' for free in Fair Oaks

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District's Movie Mondays, aimed at people 55 and older, is hosting a free screening of "Field of Dreams" at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the lower level of the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse, 7997 California Ave. Popcorn, coffee and tea are provided but participants also may bring lunches.

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