Doni’s Cautionary Tale: Beware of the Carnival

I trace my dislike of carnivals and fairs to a terrifying childhood experience on the Zipper at the Shasta District Fair. As the Zipper flipped, spun and plunged, my skinny twin began to slip beneath our lap bar. Soon, she… Continue Reading

Shasta District Fair Opens Wednesday

The Shasta District Fair is scheduled to begin its annual five-day run at 11 a.m. this Wednesday, June 15, at the fairgrounds in Anderson, and it is not too late to buy advance tickets at a discount. Single-day admission tickets… Continue Reading


Peddling News, Not Pedaling News

After a couple weeks on the bicycle beat, I’m giving the two-wheelers a rest (well, mostly) for today. I’ll be writing about upcoming bicycle races and events, including the return of a popular mountain bike racing series in coming weeks,… Continue Reading


Will the Real County Fair Please Stand Up?

The fair is my summer solstice, a time of brightness, celebrating outdoors and soaking up some sun. Rather than celebrate the season like many contemporary pagans, with bonfires, music and handfasting, I welcomed the arrival of the sunny season yesterday… Continue Reading