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Fair ushers in the crowds

Swifty swines, the Beach Boys and a pie-eating contest signal the opening of the San Diego County Fair. 

The fair this year features the theme, “Game On,” highlighting classic video games to TV shows. This year’s opening weekend saw 91,174 people attend, a 3 percent increase from last year. The fair runs through July 4 and is closed each Monday except July 1.

The amazing Bandaloni, a Toronto-based one-man band performs for the opening day crowd at the San Diego County Fair. Photo by Daniel KnightonBlue skies surprised the opening day crowd for several hours on opening day before the June Gloom returned to cool things off. Photo by Daniel KnightonVisitors make their way down the Midway on opening day at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. Photo by Daniel KnightonThe Swifty Swine Pig Races are a perennial favorite at the fair. Photo by Daniel KnightonSantee resident Mallory Carrant assists with the flag raising ceremonies on opening day. Photo by Daniel Knighton6-year-old San Diego resident Ruby Marquez tied for 2nd place in the Coco’s Pie Eating Contest with her sister on opening day. Photo by Daniel KnightonSan Diego residents 7-year-old Annabelle Marquez and her sister, 6-year-old Ruby Marquez tied for 2nd place in the Coco’s Pie Eating Contest. Photo by Daniel Knighton7-year-old San Marcos resident Matthew Peterson takes 1st Place in the 6-7 year old division of the Coco’s Pie Eating Contest. Photo by Daniel Knighton

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