By Patricia B. Dwyer
Just when San Diego's arteries were beginning to unclog from last year's great American celebration of deep-fryers, livestock and carnival rides, the San Diego County Fair returns to Del Mar June 8.
Inspired by record-breaking attendance in the past three years--with 1.4 million fairgoers summer-izing Interstate 5 in 2011- the once 22-day event has tacked on an extra two days for this year's anticipated crowd of 1.5 million people.
"The San Diego County Fair is the sixth largest fair in the U.S.," says our Fair Lady (aka Fair spokesperson), Linda Zweig. "It's probably the best fair in the U.S., if not the world."
In accordance with being the best in the world, this year's theme will be out of it, featuring an educational space exhibit, a science-fiction-inspired zone called Area Fifty- Fun and an alien mascot named Roswell.
More earthly new attractions include traveling biological spectacle Our Body: The Universe Within, an exhibition of roughly 200 preserved human bodies and organs; as well as the first San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition & Festival, featuring 35 local wineries.
And not to leave its diehard heartburn-proof fans unfed, the Fair will once again flaunt its usual gastronomical mayhem.
"It's going to be interesting because we have some new fried things," says Zweig. "But I think one of the big things this year is going to be the Bacon-A-Fair. It's all about bacon, with things like a Caveman Turkey Club-a pound of bacon wrapped around an extra-large turkey leg."
With even more folks headed to Del Mar for the food and festivities this year, discounts will be offered to anyone who uses public transportation to arrive at the Fairgrounds.