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September 6, 2017

Tulare County Fair opening day parade to honor ag teacher

TULARE - The Tulare County Fair, Sept. 13-17, each year kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. on opening day that honors a supporter of the fair.

Max Corbett, the honoree for the 2017 parade, will be honored in memory of the impact he made in the lives of hundreds of students in the ag department at Tulare Joint Union High School, and the difference he made at the Tulare County Fair.

Corbett helped students prepare for the livestock show and auction, served as a dairy instructor, and for 25 years was the school farm dairy manager at Tulare Joint Union High School District. He developed the heifer replacement program at the fair, and shepherded many students through the raising and showing of their animals.

“Everybody involved in the ag programs at Tulare’s schools knew Max,” recalled his wife, Mary. “He was very committed to the students and put in a lot of extra hours, and the kids became part of our family. It is a privilege to ride in the parade in his memory. I know he would be very honored.”

A scholarship is now given each year and a championship heifer trophy presented each year in his name.

The Tulare County Fair offers a variety of new free-with-gate-admission entertainment and the Budweiser Stage this year features a diverse lineup of concerts, opening with Night Ranger and followed by country darling RaeLynn, The Ohio Players and Queen Nation (a tribute to the music of Queen) and closing on Sunday with Tower of Power. All concerts are free with gate admission.

Among the new attractions this year is the Ramos Brothers Circus, delivering dazzling acrobatics, juggling, high-flying daredevilry and gleeful clown antics. This Big Top circus features a two-hour showcase of world-class entertainment for fair-goers of all ages, free with gate admission.

Carnival wristbands sell for $20 each prior to Sept. 12, and $30 during Fair week. A FastPass upgrade is available for $15, allowing wristband-holders to go to the front of the line for all carnival rides.

Visit www.tcfair.org for ongoing updates to the schedule of events or call the fairgrounds office at 686-4707.

The corn dog-eating contest, sponsored by Milo’s Corn Dogs, will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Eagle Mountain Stage. Forms are available at tcfair.org. Young performers can also compete to win cash and prizes. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pie-lovers have five minutes to eat as much pie as they can on Sunday, Sept. 17, for a chance to win two meet-and-greet tickets and reserved seating at the Tower of Power concert that evening. The contest, open to adults 18 and older, begins at 5 p.m. at the Eagle Mountain Stage.

For details on the fair contests, call 686-4707. For details on the contests, email Tina Novoa, tnovoa@tcfair.org.