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Ramona Country Fair


48th Annual

Ramona Country Fair

For almost 50 years, the townspeople of Ramona have looked forward to the annual Ramona Country Fair — and this year is no exception.

Plans to impress fairgoers are under way, says event chairperson Karen Domnitz on behalf of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ve got an incredible team planning some fun things this year,” says Domnitz.

In addition to carnival rides and vendor booths, a variety of food and beverages will be offered, including select craft beers, local wines and other authentic fair flavors.

An entertainment manager is securing some popular big-name bands and lining up equestrian performances — including a horse-and-rider obstacle course and a possible jousting exhibition.

Other crowd-pleasers will be an interactive reptile show, gardening clinic, art and photo exhibit, and an improvised talent show.

“Last year’s Gong Show was great. It was spontaneous and very entertaining.”

Imitating a 1970s televised talent show, a fair representative and three impartial judges will host the friendly competition. Based on audience reaction, contestants will either be gonged and eliminated or passed through to the next level until a winner is selected. 

The Home Sweet Home contest will provide an opportunity for creative cooks to pursue prizes by entering jams, jellies, jerky and other homemade items.

“Everyone is eligible,” says Domnitz, encouraging candidates to register early at www.ramonachamber.com.

Proceeds generated from the fair will go toward local scholarships and grants, as well as support other community events.

The fair is scheduled to run from Aug. 23 through Aug. 26. It will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane. Wristbands for rides will be pre-sold online and at select locations. Entry is free.

By Tracy Rolling
Photos by Angela McLaughlin