Rides, concerts & fried food: San Diego County Fair opens Friday

DEL MAR, Calif. -- The San Diego County Fair Friday opened a 26-day run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with a trick roper greeting guests as they walked in.

The fair's "Where the West is Fun" theme exhibit features a collection of Native American advertising that's headed for the Smithsonian Institution, according to organizers.

On 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 event is in conjunction with the Gaslamp Quarter's 150th anniversary.

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 also includes its usual assortment of rides, animals, contests and fried food.

Check out the Drone 5 aerials of the Del Mar Fairgrounds on our Facebook page.

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.