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Humboldt County Fair Begins This Week With Giant Balls

You know the drill as far as this Humboldt Monday goes. So let's look ahead a couple days since, by golly, the Humboldt County Fair starts this week on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Now in its 117th year, you kinda know what to expect from our annual fair at this point, right? Horse racing is still a big deal. You've got your endearing carnival rides made all the more nauseating post greasy curly fries. Livestock aplenty. It's the fair you know and possibly have grown to love.

But we were looking around the HumCo Fair's website and came across something they have this year that -- we're pretty sure -- they've never had before: human-sized hamster balls. This is real, people. So on the fair's midway there's going to be a giant tank of water and giant plastic balls (called WoWBalls) you can get in, roll around in and bump into your friends/enemies (see image). That's awesome, right?

We'll give you a more thorough rundown on this year's fair in the coming days, that but the balls just jumped out at us. Oh, and if you want to go out Monday, check out your Lowdown below. 

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS

The Getdown

The Jam / 9 p.m. / 21+

Humboldt's finest funk musicians get up to Getdown.

822-4766 / Web site

Music Camp

Arcata High School / 9 a.m.-3 p.m. / $160

Week long day camp for percussion, brass, and winds students.

273-7091 / joshkey1@gmail.com / Web site

Trivia Night

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / 6:30-8 p.m. / Free

Free trivia night. Winners get enshrined on the RCB Game Night Trophy!

826-7222 / Web site

Friendship Circle Dance

Moose Lodge / 7-10 p.m. / $4

Dancing to live music featuring tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

444-3161 /

Quiz Night

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Aww, show people how smart you are when you drink. Adorable.

822-3453 / Web site

Swing Dance Night

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 7-10 p.m. / $7

616-6876 / Web site

Open Mic

Shamus T Bones / 7 p.m.

Every Monday with bluesy hosts Jim Lahman Band.

407-3550 / Web site

Humboldt Harmonaires Practice

Eureka Mall / 7 p.m.

Sing it out. Local barbershop group's weekly open practice for shower singers interested in branching out.

No Covers

Eureka Inn / 8 p.m.

Improvisational piano/drum duo.

497-6093 / Web site

Really Cheap Bowling

Harbor Lanes / 8 p.m.-midnight

$1.75 per game? Steeeee-rike!

Rude Lion Sound's Dancehall Mondays

Ocean Grove Lodge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Reggae/dancehall night. Looks like this.

677-3543 / Web site

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre