New rides, food and more: Your guide to San Diego County Fair

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SAN DIEGO — The 2019 San Diego County Fair will kick off more than a month of concerts, exhibits and fair festivities Friday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

This year’s “Wizard of Oz”-themed fair will kick off with opening ceremonies at 3:30 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the fair’s opening. The ceremony will include a flag-raising, a performance of the national anthem and the introduction of multiple characters from the Wizard of Oz like the Tin Man and Toto the dog.

The first-day’s festivities will feature multiple concert performances, pig races, freestyle motocross performances, a corn husking contest and dozens of showcases and exhibitions, many of which will be on display throughout the fair’s five-week duration.

New rides this year include “Endeavour,” which Tabitha Lipkin did the honor of test-riding for FOX 5 viewers:

Check out a full list of rides here.

Food and drink options will, as always, be plentiful. Old favorites, such as Chicken Charlie’s, are joined by new additions, including Wizard of Oz Waffle Pizza from Pignotti’s and a Scarecrow Dog from Pink’s.

Options are so plentiful that fair organizers put together a map of all the culinary pleasures.

Throughout the month, the fair will host performances by comedians Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Dunham and the Impractical Jokers, musicians Smokey Robinson, Pitbull and Simple Plan and multiple festivals celebrating beer, wine and gospel music. A full list of events can be found here.

The 2019 San Diego County Fair is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Friday and will open at 11 a.m. for much of its duration. The fair will also be closed Mondays and Tuesdays throughout June.

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