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Inspired by the success of last year’s Greenest County Fair on Earth, Marin County Fair expands on green by introducing the first ever Electric Wheels Car Show, the first solar-powered carousel at a county fair, new green themed competitive & innovative exhibits, America’s best green magician, The Rockin’ Eco Hero, Steve Trash, and more SAN RAFAEL, CA (June 9, 2009) – The 2009 Marin County Fair, themed COOL GREEN FUN, will build on the success of last year’s Greenest County Fair on Earth theme by using the Fair as a model of an eco-friendly world to come and celebrate affordable family fun. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 1 - Sunday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $14/General Admission; $12/Seniors 65+ and Children 4-12; Free Children 0-3. Admission includes all concerts, exhibits, fireworks, attractions and 28 FREE carnival rides. Online tickets are available now at June 1 through the fair’s closing day – July 5. This year’s Fair will deliver an even bigger, cleaner, greener fun-filled experience for everyone. Beginning with the first ever Electric Wheels Car Show to the first solar-powered carousel at a county fair, to Steve Trash, Rockin’ Eco Hero and his Big Green Magic Show, to Cool 3D, the 2009 Marin County Fair showcases some of the finest talent and innovation found anywhere. It wouldn’t be a County Fair without daily headline concerts and the ultimate fun for fairgoers of all ages carnival rides, spectacular fireworks, loveable farm animals and engaging, interactive exhibits… from fine arts to peach pies to hand-made quilts. Main Stage concerts at the Marin County Fair offer something for all tastes in music, from pop and rock to bluegrass, reggae and New Orleans jazz. On July 1 at 7:30 pm, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISTED will kick off opening day of the Fair. On Thursday, July 2 at 7:30pm from 5-6:30 pm, acclaimed Los Angeles new wave band, THE MOTELS featuring the charismatic Martha Davis and at 8pm, BERLIN starring Terri Nunn rounds out the day’s entertainment.

Friday, July 3 the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND go on at 3pm and later at 7:30pm reggae lovers can groove to the rhythms of the islands with THE WAILERS. Saturday, July 4 at 3pm and 5pm Newgrass/Bluegrass Americana band, HOT BUTTERED RUM will perform and that same evening rock n’ roll icons SHA NA NA will have everyone on their feet at 7:30pm. The Fair’s concerts culminate on Sunday, July 5 with New Orleans favorites, PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND at 2pm and 4pm. And to wrap it all up, that evening sizzling Latin rockers LOS LOBOS, hit the stage at 7:30pm. All concert performances are free and included with low gate admission price!

2009 Marin County Fair highlights:
 NEW! First ever Solar Carousel at a county fair Built in authentic, handcrafted style featuring newly-installed energy efficient LED lights installed by Butler Amusements, this carousel will be the first-ever solar powered carousel at a county fair.  NEW! The Electric Wheels Car Show will give fair guests an exciting “all electric” collection of clean-air, energy-efficient vehicles, highlighted by unique cars built by Bay Area home engineers. Includes the Bay Area premiere of the revolutionary Tango, which combines the speed and agility of a motorcycle with the security of a high-performance sports car. Actor George Clooney and his Tango:  NEW! Steve Trash - Rockin’ Eco Hero performs fun magic and illusions at his Big Green Magic Show –3 and 5pm daily in the 800 seat Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.  NEW! COOL 3D presentations featuring the latest in 3D multimedia shows celebrating wonders of the natural world and San Francisco earthquakes in 1906 and 1989.  NEW! Marin Master Victory Garden - Using compost collected at the 2008 fair, cured in the bio-cell at Marin Sanitary Services – the Master Gardeners will create a new Victory Garden to showcase the benefits of composting and container gardening, with special workshops on a variety of subjects such as butterflies and bees, growing tomatoes and succulents.

 NEW! The Wizard’s Challenge – an interactive exhibit exploring the magic and wonder of science featuring over 20 hands-on displays offering a variety of magical challenges like making music with light beams and enchanted instruments.  NEW! Marin Farmer’s Market will celebrate local farmers and chefs working with local agricultural products with cooking demos in their demonstration kitchen. NEW food vendors include Lydia’s Fine Foods – a healthy gourmet alternative for vegan, raw and organic lovers.  NEW! green competitive exhibits this year – organic container and wheelbarrow gardens, decorated bicycles, children’s toys and games, musical instruments, wind chimes and clothing, ALL from recycled or earth-friendly materials  Barnyard Fun – as always, the Fair will highlight farm life with sheep shearing and cow milking demonstrations, the Hambone Express racing pigs, Great American Petting Zoo, reining horses, sheep shearing, and much more.  Ben & Jerry’s Solar Stage returns for the second year, soaking up the sun to run the stage sound and LED lighting systems which showcases over 300 community groups and individuals who will perform daily.  PG & E Express Train – An all-electric, solar-powered trackless train will take fair guests on excursion rides from Noon to 6pm daily.  Hot Buttered Rum - Powered by passion, commitment and vegetable oil, this popular bluesgrass/jamgrass band tours the country on their bio-diesel fueled bus.  The Walking Tree Man - A 12-foot-tall, stilt-walking, three-dimensional sculpture of a living, mobile and animated Tree Man will stroll the fairgrounds daily. Bicycle valet parking is available at the Main Gate, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Fair guests can ride Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit to stops at the Marin County Civic Center campus. Car and Motorcycle parking is $6. Ice chests, coolers, pets, cans or glass bottles are not permitted. The Marin County Fair is a Smoke-Free Fair. Community Partners of the 2009 Marin County Fair include Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, Marin Independent Journal, Embassy Suites Hotel, Comcast, Play Fair, Four Points Sheraton, Marin Arts Council, Extended

Stay Deluxe Hotel, Clover-Stornetta Farms, Westamerica Bank, Ben & Jerry’s, and Pacific Gas & Electric. For more information and to see the fair videos, go to

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