Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Weekend at the Big Fresno Fair

There's simply nothing like a county fair -- especially one that has horse racing. At the county fair, you get a feel for the way things were in back the days when ordinary people had a real connection to animals.

The Big Fresno Fair is one of my favorites in California because the racetrack is so well integrated into the fair. The grandstand and saddling paddock are located right on one of the main fair walkways, and the pre-race activity in the paddock is a natural draw for the fair-going crowd.

Saddling paddock, Big Fresno FairSaddling paddock, Big Fresno Fair

On a quick weekend trip to Fresno, I attended a great seminar hosted by TOC -- "What Does a Fast Horse Look Like?" -- that was emceed by track announcer Frank Mirahmadi and included tips on horse conformation by trainer John Martin and equine veterinarian Dr. Jeanne Bowers.

I had time to take in some fair exhibits, an afternoon of racing, and an early morning visit to the track and barn area. I also enjoyed a freshly baked cinnamon roll, a corn dog, and an awesome plate of "super nachos!" You've gotta love the fair!

1 comment:

Sharla Sanders, Founder, The Second Race said...

What a lovely saddling area, I had no idea. I will have to check it out (the Fresno Fair) next year. Thanks for posting.

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