World's Ugliest Dog Contest
is just one of the many highlights of the Sonoma-Marin Fair
, happening this week, June 22-26, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.
A tradition 75 years in the making, this year's fair "Goes Local" and highlights the community members and businesses who make the North Bay a uniquely vibrant region.
Aside from the many standard fair festivities like livestock, carnival rides, art exhibits and kids activities, the fair also boasts a lively concert schedule
that includes Tower of Power on June 22 and LeAnn Rimes on June 25 among other headlining acts. These concerts are free with fair admission.
The fair is also introducing a new sporting event this year, the Swoop Motorcycle Race, on June 26. Audiences can watch skilled motorcyclists riding through a technical balancing course of cars, tires and obstacles on extremely lightweight, seatless bikes. The challenge of the race comes in navigating the course without touching the ground with your feet, a difficult proposition considering the crazy course.
Last, but not least, the fair's culinary pavilion is an oasis of award-winning chefs offering up delicious demos and tastings with wines from the North of the Gate Wine Competition on hand for sipping.
For more info and tickets, you can visit the fair's website, here.