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Hey! Fair Starts Today

Over the next ten days, a higher-than-average number of Humboldtians will venture across Fernbridge to, among other things, ride The Zipper, test their ability to pick a winning horse and eat copious amounts of foods most doctors would agree they shouldn't. 

That's right, kids. The 117th Humboldt County Fair kicks off today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25 featuring more stuff than we can list here. Well, in addition to the to-be-expected rides, races and grub alluded to above, we'll try to list a few: 

Oh, and there's zip lines, and petting zoos and NASCAR stuff to look at. You get it. Family fin will be had by all. Poke around the fair's website for a complete list and descriptions of goings-ons. Or check out your other options in Wednesday's Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


Humboldt County Fair

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.

This year is the 117th annual event. Features live and satellite horse racing, mule racing, carnival rides and games, death defying stunts, live entertainment, competitive exhibits, livestock events, great fair-time foods and special programs.

Web site

Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5

Science Fiction Pint and Pizza Night. Italian science-fiction film directed by Antonio Margheriti and stars Claude Raines, Bill Carter and Maya Brent.

822-1220 / Web site

Junior Toots

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $12 / 21+

"My father's contribution to reggae music has been a great inspiration. I want to be an inspiration for the next generation of Hibberts." - Junior Toots

826-2739 / Web site

Ableton Workshop

MARZ Project / 3-4 p.m. / Free

Bring your questions and your laptop.

442-8413 / marzers@gmail.com / Web site

Advance Directive Workshop

Area 1 Agency on Aging / 4-7 p.m. / Free / 18+

442-3763 / lwatson@a1aa.org / Web site

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meeting

Labor Temple / 6:15 p.m.

Supporters of the Eureka initiative to require employers with more than 25 employees to provide a $12 minimum wage gather.

443-3731 /

Open Mic

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30 p.m.

Music and spoken word. Hosted by Mike Anderson.

445-8600 / Web site

No Covers

SpeakEasy / 8 p.m.

Jazz improvisational duo.

444-2244 / Web site

Liquid Kactus

Six Rivers Brewery / 8-11 p.m.

Jam band with elements of blues and funk.

839-7580 / 6rbmusicbooking@gmail.com / Web site

Whomp Whomp Wednesday

Nocturnum / 9 p.m.

HumCo craves beats.

499-0163 /


Logger Bar / 9 p.m.

With host Joe Whiskey-Whiskers Deschaine.

668-5000 / Web site


Broadway Cinema
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre