Fresno Fair Opening Night

October 2, 2008 12:55:57 AM PDT
Opening night of the Big Fresno Fair drew a crowd estimated at around five thousand to hear the legendary rock-jazz band "Chicago."Fans of all ages crowded the Paul-Paul theatre, and hundreds watched from the fairgrounds. One of those fans, Rick Belden of Fresno said it was a "really big deal" to have the band here. Belden says he has all of their albums and remembers when they were called the "Chicago Transit Authority."

While attendance numbers aren't yet available, one fair spokesperson said it appeared to be a pretty good crowd for opening day. At night the midway crowd appeared moderate.

Youngsters like 9 year old Desinae Guzman enjoyed her favorite rides, the Zipper and the Super Dipper. Of the Dipper, which takes passengers up, then drops them straight down she said," When I went up I didn't feel scared, but when I went down I went, whoa, this is scary." But she adds, she didn't scream. "I just closed my eyes."

This is the 125th year for the Big Fresno Fair. For Amber and Beverly Younger, who just moved to Fresno, it was their first time at the fair. They enjoyed the rides, and said they were looking forward to Friday's concert with Gretchen Wilson.

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