74th County Fair and Date Festival begins in Indio

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Following months of preparation, the 74th Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival opened its doors to the public Friday, Feb. 14, for a 10-day run. The opening ceremony and the Blessing of the Dates began at 9:30 a.m. The fair runs until Feb. 23. Cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and deep-fried Twinkies are among the classic food fare that will be available throughout the festivities, culminating in the main attraction tonight with the musical “Aladdin: The Magician Remembers” featured on the pageant stage. Children can enjoy the daily morning petting zoo, as well as dozens of different games, rides and activities for children of all ages. Concerts are included with fair admission. I Love the 90s will play Friday, Feb. 21; Chris Jansen is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, and
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