Sonoma-Marin Fair has real style

  • A Chinese crested dog waits for the start of Friday's World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma June 21, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Every county has a fair in the summer, but Petaluma has its own kind of fair, with a charm and style all its own.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair opens Wednesday, June 18, and runs through Sunday, June 22, peaking with the fair's trademark event, the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at 6 p.m. Friday.

Achieving international fame over the past 25 years, this showdown between lovable but appearance-challenged pooches never fails to draw a crowd. Cameron Matheson of ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" will judge the contestants this year.

The fair also presents a series of live concerts featuring name acts, all free with the price of fair admission. This year's line-up includes:

The 1970s-'80s pop star Eddie Money at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Country singer Brett Eldredge at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited (featuring Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival) at 8 p.m. Friday.

Country and rock singer Uncle Kracker at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Fiesta Latina from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, including Grupo El Tiempo, La Sonora Santanera and La Marka de Tierra Caliente.

But that's not all, folks.

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