IMPERIAL – There will be no way to miss Docâ€™s Farm, the newest animal attraction at the 2013 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta.
Just look for the large, bright yellow, structure at the edge of the barn area with an adjacent smaller â€“ and just as yellow â€“ out-building, featuring several colorful hand washing stations.
Docâ€™s Farm, the newest interactive education attraction at the fair, will showcase baby animals and their moms. Inside, there will be baby pigs, a newborn calf, goats, ducks and more. The animals inside also will include those that are pregnant with due dates during the fair.
â€œThere may be opportunities for fair guests to see the miracle of birth, ooo and aww over new borns and maybe even the possibility of feeding a baby calf,â€ said Holly Baker, Fair special projects coordinator who is putting Docâ€™s Farm together. Baker has run a similar exhibit at the San Diego County Fair.
The local exhibit is named in honor of â€œDocâ€ James Thompson, a long time Valley veterinarian who died in a tragic plane crash in Arizona last October. The attraction, which had been in the planning stages for several years, was given his name because â€œHe was not only a beloved veterinarian, but Doc also gave much of himself to mentor 4-H and FFA members in their animal projects,â€ said Theresa Garcia, Fair chief executive officer. â€œWe are proud to dedicate this exhibit as a tribute to his contributions to our fair,â€ she said.
Baker said Docâ€™s Farm will offer children and their parents an educational experience that is fitting to Imperial Countyâ€™s agricultural industry. â€œIn addition to the animals, there will be an interactive grain display and lots of contests including scarecrow building, a rubber chicken toss, a bean bag toss and others,â€ she said.
In addition, on March 6, there is a backyard compost seminar scheduled in the barn during fair hours.
The 2013 California Mid-Winter Fair, with a theme of â€œExperience the Magicâ€ will run from March 1 through March 10. Presale tickets and family value packs are now on sale throughout the Valley. They are available at Sonic Burger in El Centro, Goyalâ€™s Shell, Brawley; the fair box office and all six Rabobank locations in the Valley. Family Value Packs are available at the Mall and the fair box office.