At Chicken Charlie's, fair patrons flock to the counter to try odd fried food, such as the deep fried Kool-Aid.
A marching band and a signing of the national anthem marked the start of the San Diego County Fair Friday morning, kicking off the beginning of summer.
Gates to the fair will officially open at 11 a.m. Friday morning. The fair will be open until July 4.
For Friday's opening night, Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo will perform on the main stage. The Incredible Dog Challenge will continue through the weekend. In the adjacent area, a llama show will dazzle those unimpressed with the dog agility tricks.
New attractions at the fair this year include a hypnotist, who will be featured at the fair to help smokers quit on June 15 and 29 from 3 to 4 p.m.
As always, the fair features rows of games, rides and food – including a host of fried delicacies, such as fried Kool-Aid and fried beef jerky.
Throughout the duration of the fair, gates will open at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday July 4. Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for ages 6 through 12 and 62 and older, and free for ages 5 and younger.