Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned County Fair? The only thing better is pairing it up with the National Date Festival which is exactly what Riverside County does at the Empire Polo Grounds every year. Kicking off its 71st year at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio from February 17-26 this dual event will once again thrill thousands for its 10 day run. It is always a treat to see what Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, as presenting sponsor, has in store for us and this year is certainly no exception. Get ready to enjoy the Grammy nominated sounds of the Eli Young Band and plenty of other big-name headliners for the run of the event.
Daily offerings at the fair include magic acts, cooking shows, comedians, hypnotist shows and interactive exhibits all day every day. New for this year will be the world’s largest transformer, Robosaurus and the Jest In Time Circus. Back again this year will be the Camel and Ostrich Races, The Marvelous Mutts, and the nightly musical pageant. The fabulous nightly pageant is the time honored 1001 Arabian Nights tale “Envy and the Enchanted Oasis.” Taking us back in time to the Far East this is one extravagant pageant that has become a favorite year in and year out.
A single admission ticket gets you all of the entertainment and attractions that make this everyone’s favorite way to spend the weekend. There are special accommodations for the disabled, but make sure you are prepared for lots of walking and any kind of temperature this time of year in the Valley.
This year as last year, among the fabulous foods on tap will be Pink’s delicious hot dogs and the very unique Indio Date Dogs as well as deep-fried dates wrapped in bacon, cinnamon rolls topped with dates and of course the traditional date shake that is been around for decades for everyone to enjoy. Of course, all the usual exhibits will be there that one would expect to find at the county fair, including plenty of animals, handmade quilts and homemade pies.
The Monster Trucks are returning again this year, along with lots of great surprises. Be sure to get your seat at the grandstand arena to enjoy your favorites among the fabulous shows offered this year. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival visit http://www.datefest.org.
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