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The Cloverdale Citrus Fair is here!

February 15th — February 18th

Jan 28, 2019
by Carol Russell


Rain or Shine - The Cloverdale Citrus Fair is here! Friday, February 15th through Monday, February 18th. This year’s theme is “Making America”. 

The Cloverdale Citrus Fair is full of performances, fun rides, good food, and arts and crafts exhibits

So, what does “Making America” mean? The adventure of inventing America is science and technology like the Ferris wheel introduced in 1893. However, it is also another favorite topic – the blending of cultures, especially as seen in food! Tacos, pizzas, hot dogs are best loved fair foods, all from other cultures.

In 1950, you could not find tacos which, as you know, are made with meat and vegetables folded into the Mexican flatbread called a tortilla. Tacos were even a rarity in mainstream California. The word “taco” (from the Mexican “miner’s taco”) was used to introduce this delicious street food to California, Texas, and eventually, the East Coast. Today, these spicy, tasty eats are part of our everyday fare, especially here in Cloverdale. 

Or, how about the pizza that was originally created by the Romans (Italians) around 990 A.D.? Italians immigrated to America, bringing the focaccia bread (Italian flatbread) with (Surprise! Surprise!) veggies and meats on top. It was known as a “pizza” ( Italian for pie), which originated with the word “bizzo” meaning bite. Ummmm!

Then, there’s the “All American” hot dog! In 1880, a German immigrant wanted a sausage, so he wrapped it into a bun for easy carrying. Soon, he began selling it on the streets of St. Louis and the hot dog was born, becoming a favored food at ballgames and fairs everywhere. 

Food culture - amazing advancements –tacos, pizzas and hot dogs are all part of “Making America”, blending people together. While you roam the fairgrounds discovering and eating popular foods, explore the rides that are take offs of Ferris wheels, and other classic delights. 

You’ll also find citrus themed displays that use oranges, lemons, and limes in unique ways plus live music, a special kids zone, barnyard/animal shows (from rabbits to pygmy goats), arts, crafts, and more.

Friday, the 15th, noon to 9pm, is Senior Day (62 or older free!) with 1940’s classic jazz, swing, and blues provided by Susan Comstock Swingtet. Gourmet chefs from around Sonoma County sharing cooking tips, Bingo! (of course), with the day ending in the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Queen Program. Who will be our 2019 Queen?

Monday, the 18th, 10am to 5pm, is Kids’ Day (12 and under free!) as they “Go West!” to dig for golden treasures, learn about science and animals, and take to the air on rides that may frighten us adults, but bring joy and laughter to them.

Saturday doors open at 10am to 9pm. Start on the Boulevard for the Annual Citrus Fair Parade! at 11am. Horses, marching bands, and floats pass through downtown on the Boulevard, ending  at the Fair Grounds for a day of 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and country music along with everyone delighting in the rides, exhibits, wine tasting, and the food!

Return on Sunday 10am – 9pm for Ballet Folklorico, Cloverdale’s Got Talent, and Mariachi Barragán - more fun rides, good food, and arts and crafts exhibits.  Best of all – folks of all ages enjoying the thrills and elation together.

Thank you to the Citrus Fair Board and to Katie Fonsen Young, CFO, and all the volunteers that make the Fair possible. For more information about the Cloverdale Citrus Fair go to:

OOPS! Correction from last month: a name and the address associated to one of the Little Free Libraries’ were  incorrect. Should be: Renee Roe and Ian C.

Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell & Reese Foxen


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