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Her favorite part was when one pig found a sneaky way to overcome one of the hurdles.
Shali Dusich, 10, of Concord and several of her friends in a home schooling program were there for an art exhibit they entered but whooped it up watching the All Alaskan Pig Races. and Sloppy Joe cleared hurdles and squealed along the track.
right, of Brentwood, fly through the air on the Phoenix during the opening day of the Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch, Calif., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
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Along with fair staples such as carnival rides, exhibit halls and fried foods, some of the highlights booked for the weekend include trailer races and jet cars at the speedway on Friday night and stock car races Saturday.
Erick Chavez, 6, of Antioch, works hard at pulling 120 pounds during the Pedal Tractor Pulls during the opening day of the Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch, Calif., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
and watched her squeal with delight at the sight of an exotic bird.
A group of pigs run towards the finish line during the pig races during the opening day of the Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch, Calif., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
"I thought he was just going to stay there and do nothing," she said.
Also, Paradise Skate will be open to the public during fair hours, with rental skates available.
The weather should be ideal, said Dennis Renden, a member of the Antioch Lions Club, who has worked the beer stand at the fair since 1977.
This year's theme for the fair, "I am a champion, hear me roar," salutes the young who demonstrate their skills and compete through various exhibits and livestock shows.
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"I've been coming here since I was a young kid, but this is her first time," Carolyn Schuette said.
Branden Ancheta, 5, of Antioch, and Ian Black, 6, of Oakley, enjoyed the impressive 10 foot wingspan of one of the condors at the Birdman show and a singing parrot. Their mothers, Brandie and Margarita, said the large condor reminded the boys Omega Watch Orange Strap
of the bird in the movie "Kung Fu Panda."
Hundreds of families and schoolchildren from all over the area made their way through the gates on the first day of the 78th annual county fair. Many were looking to get an early peek at the bird show and catch the pig races at the Family Fun Zone, a new addition this year. The fair runs through Sunday.
ANTIOCH Dan and Carolyn Schuette may have been smiling more than their 4 year old great granddaughter Rylee at the Contra Costa County Fair on Thursday afternoon. The Antioch residents snapped iPhone pictures as Rylee rode on a pony named Cinnamon, bought her cotton candy Omega Watches Seamaster Co Axial Chronometer
Rebecca Heyne of Brentwood and her four children, ages 12 to 18, had just left the animal exhibits and were trying to map which rides to hit. They moved from Turlock a little over a year ago and were too busy to attend last year's fair, she said.
"It's so similar to the fair back there; it just has that hometown feel," Heyne said.
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