Sonoma-Marin Fair Will Hold World Ugliest Dog Contest

The five-day Sonoma-Marin Fair started celebrating Eight Decades of Fun on Wednesday, but the fair's highlight gets underway at the fairgrounds in Petaluma Friday evening with the endearing World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

The contest actually advocates the admiration of all animals and the benefits of adopting, and many of the contestants over the years were rescued from shelters and puppy mills.

A Pet Fest is from 2-5 p.m., the Pet Show starts at 5:15 p.m. and the contest is at 6 p.m.

Lifehouse performs high-energy rock 8 p.m. Friday, country music artist David Lee Murphy performs 8 p.m. Saturday and four bands -Los Dinnos, Nuevos Adventureros, Tamborazo Santo Domingo and Los de la 9-perform during Fiesta Latina on Sunday.

New attractions included a beer garden, tambourine vaulters, Dinosaur Kingdoms, Moo-seum and a Clo the Cow turns 50 celebration.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair wouldn't be a fair without carnival rides, contests, fair food, livestock shows, sprint car racing, sheep dog trials and pony rides.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair is open noon to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Friday is Heroes Day. Saturday is Farm Day and Sunday is Family Day.

Tickets at the gate are $18 for visitors 13 years old and up, $12 for kids 12 years old and under and $12 for seniors. Tickets include admission to the carnival and concerts.

The fair is located at 175 Fairgrounds Drive. Details can be found on it's website

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