By Lorraine Kay
August 2010 – LANCASTER, CA – With just five more days left to enjoy the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival 2010, fair attendees were rocked one more night by country music artist Dierks Bentley. This concert was the last of the Lancaster Honda hosted concert series at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds for the year 2010.
Bentley excited the crowd as he started the show with “Up on the Ridge.” and quickly jumping to “Free And Easy,” with the audience singing along. Next he offered them “Feel That Fire,” and then “Trying To Stop Your Leaving,” and “Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do.” “Every Mile Of Memory” still had the audience on its feet without settling down for “Settle For A Slowdown.” And Bentley did no slowing down as he offered “Little Heartwrecker,” “ Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes,” and “Long Trip Alone.”
Next Bentley paid tribute to George Strait as he covered “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” with the audience singing along as backup. He rounded up the concert with a few more songs, including; How Am I Doin’” “Fiddlin’ Around,” “Draw Me A Map,” and “Sideways.” Bentley returned to the stage for an encore of two songs, “Come A Little Closer” and “What Was I Thinkin’”.
In addition to the Lancaster Honda concert series there will be innumerable other events including; exhibits, motorized events, bull riding, carnival rides, great food, free grounds entertainment and much more! Traditional events like the Rural Olympics, Jr. Livestock Auction and Home Arts exhibit competitions continue to involve the community in one of a kind, fun events.
General admission is Adults (12 & older) – $8.00, Juniors (6-11) – $5.00, Children under 6 – FREE with paid adult, Seniors (62+) – $5.00 and Active Military – FREE with Military Service I.D. (dependents must show I.D.). Parking is $5.00. Special discounts are available for special events as follows:
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – “COME BACK THURSDAY” – $25 ride wristband is available for purchase on 8/26 for $20 at carnival ticket booths with presentation of a redeemable coupon from a previous carnival ticket purchase. REDEEM AT CARNIVAL TICKET BOOTH, NOT FAIR BOX OFFICE. NO duplications accepted. This PURCHASE offer is good ON 8/26, until 9p.m., ONLY. BOTH $25 & $20 wristbands are good for rides all night. All games, $1 each.
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – 9 a.m. – Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena. 6 p.m. JLA BBQ at the Kiwanis BBQ Heritage Park -$10. Buy BBQ dinner ticket at Administration Office or call Entry Office at 661-948-6060 ext. 226. FIGURE 8 RACE – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand, FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat.
FRIDAY, 8/27, Open 4 to midnight – 4 to 5 p.m. – FREE Parking with avfair.com online coupon. Includes one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand – Admission – Gold Buckle $50, Reserved Grandstand $20. NO Free Grandstand, ticket is required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
SATURDAY, 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – RURAL OLYMPICS – 6:00 p.m… FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat. Fireworks Show after Rural Olympics.
SUNDAY, 8/29, Open 2 to 11 p.m. – DEMOLITION DERBY- 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Grandstand $20 at the gate. NO Free Grandstand, tick.e.t required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
There will be NO entry to the Fair one (1) hour prior to closing. Barns close at 10 p.m. and Exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m. nightly (with the exception of Sunday, 8/29 when the buildings close at 10 p.m.). All buildings are ADA accessible.
For more information visit www.avfair.com, or call (661)948-6060.