Menifee Day at the So Cal Fairgrounds

Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman couldn’t help posing with his canine friend wearing sun glasses from the Saxuet Jazz Band in the beer and wine garden at the So Cal Fair during Menifee Day. Tony Ault photo

It was “Hog Wild” Menifee Day at the So Cal Fair, Friday, Oct. 11, at the Perris Valley fairgrounds with hundreds of local residents lining up for a free day at the fun fair.

Among those greeted as they entered the fairgrounds were Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman and his wife Julie with their first stop at the Menifee City booth at the entrance where they were met by city staff volunteers.

This year’s So Cal Fair at the Southern California Fairgrounds, home of the Paz stock car races, offered some old-time traditional contests, animal judging, livestock exhibits, auctions, concerts, side shows, foods, many commercial and nonprofit vendors with the spotlight on the Farmer’s Fair Daughter contestants vying for the Farmer’s Daughter crowns and scholarship opportunities.

Each day at the fair, neighboring city residents are offered a free day at the fair, with the ride concessions at bargain prices. Friday was Menifee’s Day with a series of stage performances by local bands and dancers scheduled before the night’s headline concert by Kutless, a well-known Christian rock band.

Menifee talent on the Fiesta Stage that day included soloist Anahi Rodriquez, the Elevation Band, the Mt. San Jacinto College jazz band, Ballet Folklorico of Menifee and the band Replay. Zimmerman announced Replay, and during the performance was called up to join them in a number. Paloma Valley High School Ohana Mahi Aloha Polynesian Dance Club took the stage later that evening. Other bands and vocalists also appeared on the Fiesta Stage during the day.

Many residents looking for even more excitement went over to the Perris Auto Speedway, The Paz, to watch the free Passcar Street Stock car races.

It was an exceptional fun day for the Menifee residents that Friday at the fair. This year’s fair concluded Sunday, Oct. 13.

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