County fair begins Saturday

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Save some room for a helping of deep-fried chocolate chip cookie batter, among other culinary treats, at the annual San Diego County Fair that’s scheduled to open Saturday morning.

Other stomach-challenging cuisine offered this year will be Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes, bacon cotton candy and lobster nachos.

The fair, with a theme of “Game On!” celebrating classic board games, pinball and computer and video games, will also include the usual rides, farm animals and concerts.

A 10-foot square Monopoly board and race car token will be available for photo ops, and tournaments are scheduled for Monopoly and role-playing card games like World of Warcraft, Legend of the Five Rings and Yu-Gi-Oh.

Fair-goers will also be able to play larger-than-life versions of chess, dominos and other games.

Grandstand entertainment highlights this year include The Beach Boys on opening night; Switchfoot, June 14; the Steve Miller Band, June 15; Martina McBride, June 20; Train, June 27; and Adam Lambert, July 2.

The concert lineup also includes appearances by Dave Davies of The Kinks, Tuesday; David Cassidy, Wednesday; Little Anthony & The Imperials, Thursday; Berlin, June 18; Chubby Checker, June 20; and The Motels, July 4.

Adult fair admission is $14, with an $8 rate for seniors 62 and over and children ages 6-12. Children under 6 get in free.

The fair parking lots are usually full by late morning. Organizers suggest using public transportation or parking at off-site lots and using a free shuttle.

Off-site lots are located at the Del Mar Horsepark, 14550 El Camino Real; the MiraCosta College campus in Cardiff by the Sea, 3333 Manchester Ave.; and Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road.

Buses leave the off-site lots every 15-20 minutes.

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