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Why Gold Country Fair officials aren't worried about the Country Fire

The 130th Annual Gold Country Fair starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend in Auburn. Here's everything you need to know about the event.

AUBURN, California — The Gold Country Fair nears its opening date of the 130th celebration of agriculture, history, and culture of the Placer County area.

Don Ales, CEO of the Gold Country Fairground, said that the smoke from the Country Fire is not affecting the fairgrounds, which is around 11 miles away from the fire.

"We are all systems go," Ales said. "We are excited to have a great fair."

What is at the fair?

In addition to keeping traditions alive, the Gold Country Fair could be starting a new tradition with a cornhole tournament.

The California Cornhole Association said they are excited to be putting on the event at the fair. There will be a tournament for advanced and beginner cornhole players. To enter the tournament teams must register in advance with the California Cornhole Association with a $30 registration fee.

The full schedule for the fair can be found on the fair's website, but here are some more highlights:

  • Chad Bushnell performs Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.
  • Monster Trucks and Quad Wars start Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.
  • The Ariel Jean Band performs Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pepper Eating Contest kicks-off Sept. 7 at 12 p.m.
  • Inaugural Gold Country Fair Cornhole Tournament starts Sept. 8 at 11 a.m.
  • The Gold Country Fair Demolition Derby begins Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.

How much does the fair cost?

General admission tickets cost $10 during the fair. Tickets for students, seniors and children under 13 cost $8. Children under 6 and active duty military are able to get in for free.

On Thursday, everyone is able to get into the fair for $5.

Unlimited wristbands can be purchased at the fair for $28.


The fair runs from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8.

  • Sept. 5th – 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Sept. 6th – 4:00 p.m. to midnight
  • Sept. 7th – 11:00 .am. to midnight
  • Sept. 8th – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


The fair is located at 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn. The Gold Country Fairground charges $6 for parking.


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