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‘Where the West is Fun’: San Diego County Fair opens Friday

DEL MAR, Calif. — The San Diego County Fair will give a big ol’ “Howdy, Pardner!” Friday as it opens a 26-day run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The fair’s “Where the West is Fun” theme exhibit will feature a collection of Native American advertising that’s headed for the Smithsonian Institution, according to organizers. Opening day guests will be greeted by a trick roper.

Saturday, a herd of 200 cattle will be driven through the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego by 40 cowboys and their cattle dogs.

The fair will open at 4 p.m. First-night entertainment will feature Lauren Alaina and Sundance Head on the Grandstand stage.

Other notable musical acts scheduled this year include:

— Patti LaBelle, Wednesday;

— Toby Keith, June 10;

— Darius Rucker, June 16;

— Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, June 22; and

— Leann Rimes, June 29.

The fair will also include its usual assortment of rides, animals, contests and high-calorie food.

Admission is $18 for those 13 through 61, $11 for seniors 62 and older, and $11 for children up to age 12. Season passes, good for any day of the fair, are $26 apiece. Opening day is free for members of the military who pick up their tickets at their bases.

Other deals and fair information are available online at sdfair.com.