32 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY August 31-september 6, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com MUSIC According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, there are 78 fairs held each year across the Golden State. Of these, the Monterey County Fair is not the oldest nor the largest, nor the one held on the most beautiful fairgrounds. (That last distinction goes to the Nevada County Fair.) Still, it is our fair—a unique reflection of Monterey County’s culture as seen through carnival rides, livestock, award-winning cheesecake and musical entertainment. The 87th annual Monterey County Fair kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 31 and runs through Labor Day weekend, promising a full day of family fun to all. As always, there’s a lot happening at the 2023 fair—from performances by the Flying U Rodeo, to the All Alaskan Racing Pigs (you’re going to want to look that one up on YouTube), to competitive displays of floral arrangements, weaving, woodworking and more. But what you might not realize is that above and beyond all this, the fair is also a musical venue, bringing both local and national talent to the stage each day. “Our philosophy that guides choosing our acts is a philosophy of inclusion,” Monterey County Fair CEO Kelly Violini writes. “We aim for an entertainment lineup that resembles the interest of our local community. We are always drawn toward booking a diverse array of artists, whether it be rock artists like Journey Revisited, or Spanish [language] artists such as Banda Troyana.” Overall, the fair’s music lineup carries a country and Americana bent, which is reflected in the choice of headlining act, rising country star Tyler Rich. Born in Yuba City, California, and now based in Nashville, 37-year-old Rich released his debut album, Two Thousand Miles, in 2020. He’ll be joined by opener Mark Mackay. But putting together the perfect fair lineup is about more than a headliner. “We also try to follow the core philosophy of the fair itself, which is incorporating community,” Violini adds. “Having local acts such as 831 All Star Band or Samz School of Rock aligns with our organization’s philosophy of putting the community first.” So after you take a turn on the Grand Prix Roller Coaster and catch Tina Marie the hypnotist, why not stick around and see who’s playing? Monterey County Fair noon-11pm Thursday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 3 and noon-10pm Monday, Sept. 4. Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. $14/adults; $11/seniors; $7/kids; free/kids 5 and under. 372-5863, montereycountyfair.com. COURTESY MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR Fair Weather Beyond the carnival rides and livestock, the Monterey County Fair features diverse musical acts. By Tajha Chappellet-Lanier The tribute band Journey Revisited brings all the greatest hits and fan favorites by this classic American rock band to the Monterey County Fair’s stage. “I brought my Subaru to Hartzel on advice of a friend and I was so pleased with the service & attention I got from them. Not only finished on time, but under the estimate I was given. Very rare these days. So pleased with the whole experience & great peace of mind knowing it was done correctly. Highly recommend this guy.” —David F., Seaside 2/14/19 510 California Avenue | Sand City | 394.6002 hartzelautomotive.com EXPERT SERVICE WHEN YOU NEED IT. Subaru Mazda Lexus Infiniti Saab vintage MG SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT SERVICE ONLINE TODAY We will be covering a short intro to restorative justice and focus on victim offender dialog in a mediation process. This training is designed for community members who are interested in becoming volunteer mediators with us. However, we welcome anyone who would like to take the training for educational purposes. If you are a student, please ask for scholarship opportunities. students: Free 3 case volunteer commitment: $15 no volunteer commitment: $300 For more information, Jocelyn Mendoza, Victim Offender Reconciliation Coordinator rjp.vorp@gmail.com • restorativejusticepartners.org Training Dates and Location Monterey area: Saturday, Sept. 9th,2023 South County: Saturday, Sept. 30th,2023 RJP, Inc. volunteers are restoring communities one relationship at a time! Scan for more information and registration Low cost vaccination clinic for dogs & cats. Microchipping. Prescription flea/tick medication. OPEN SAT 3:30PM-5:30PM • SUN 10AM-1PM El Ranchero poultry feed 80lb bag ONLY $30! 101 W. Laurel Dr, Salinas • (831)443-6161 Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm $5 OFF Any purchase of $25 or more $10 OFF Any purchase of $50 or more $20 OFF Any purchase of $100 or more CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER OFFERS. LIMIT 1 COUPON PER CUSTOMER. NOT VALID ON HAY SHAVINGS, FRONTLINE/ADVANTAGE, OR SERESTO COLLARS. MUST PRESENT COUPON AT TIME OF PURCHASE. New Product Alert! Quality feed & pet supplies • DIY dog & cat vaccines • Premium hay at great prices