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Country music ‘Hoedown’ to benefit Placer County Fair

By: Stephanie Garcia, Press Tribune correspondent
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Placer County Barnyard Hoedown

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Where: 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville

Cost: $40 admission includes BBQ Dinner, Tri-Tip and Chicken, live music and entertainment and three complimentary tickets to upcoming events

Info: To purchase tickets, visit www.PlacerCountyFair.org or call (916) 786-2023. If you would like to purchase a table, email your information to info@placercountyfair.org or call the office at (916) 786-2023.

The Placer County fairgrounds will be holding a benefit concert and hoedown to help raise funds for the upcoming year. Like many small fairs in California, they have lost more than $200,000 in annual state funding and services, and are in desperate need of assistance from the community.

This is the first fundraiser scheduled at the fairgrounds this year.

“We are hoping to raise $10,000 at this event,” said John Javidan, CEO and fair manager. “We have already made a lot of cuts and will have to make more if we can’t raise the necessary funds.”

More events will be held in the upcoming months in hopes to bridge the $200,000 gap.

The Placer County Fairgrounds is home to the Placer County Fair and the All American Speedway. The Placer County Fair is the oldest annual event in Placer County and is attended by more than 35,000 people annually. The fair is held every June the weekend after Father’s Day and is an event for all ages, with everything from arts and crafts to exhibits, concerts, carnival, livestock shows, and pageants.

The Placer County Barnyard Hoedown will take place Saturday and features dinner, live music, raffle, auction, a mechanical bull riding competition, cow patty bingo and more.

Four local country bands have generously volunteered their time to make the Hoedown a success. Live country music will feature local band Branded, and singers Patrick Walsh, Hank Biggs and Matt Larson.

Phil Hart manages the band and said the group didn’t hesitate when asked to perform at the event.

“Most of the band members, including myself, have all grown up in Placer County and remember going to the Roseville fair,” he said. “It’s a great place to take kids, and we all have a lot of memories from those visits to the fair. We do not want to see it go away.”

Everyone who attends the Hoedown will receive complimentary tickets to the following 2013 events: one admission to the All American Speedway, one admission to the Berryfest, and one admission to the Placer County Fair.