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Sneak Peek at San Diego County Fair's 2017 ‘Wild West' Theme

San Diegans will saddle up and join the stampede at the Wild West-themed San Diego County Fair

This year's San Diego County Fair will give visitors a chance to explore the rough and tumble Wild West, complete with fair favorites like fried food, roller coasters and neon lights.

The theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair is "Where the West is Fun." This week, fair organizers gave a glimpse into what visitors can expect at the annual summer event.

Keeping in line with the theme, a new attraction at the fairgrounds will be the speakeasy. Fairgoers who are 21 or older can grab a special card at any bar at the fair and text the number on the card.

Once it's their turn, someone at the fair responds to that text message with info on accessing the speakeasy. Visitors are taken into a freight elevator that goes to an Asian-themed speakeasy, aimed to celebrate the Asian immigrants of the 1800s. The speakeasy will pour locally-made spirits.

Other rough and tumble adventures at the fair this summer include a Wild West saloon, Western-themed educational and historical exhibits and good old-fashioned country music. A new gallery exhibit will highlight the culture of teenagers, along with other artistic displays.

As always, the San Diego County Fair will boast several festivals throughout its run: the San Diego International Beer Festival; The Toast of the Coast Wine Festival; Distilled Spirit and Cocktail Festival; Asian Festival; Out at the Fair; Whole Life Festival.

The 2017 San Diego County Fair starts at 4 p.m. on June 2 and runs through July 4. It's closed on the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays of the month.

It is the largest annual event in San Diego County, as well as one of the top 10 Fairs in the U.S. and Canada. More than 1.6 million visitors are drawn to the fairgrounds each year.

Don't forget to pull on your cowboy boots and grab your cowboy hat when you head on down to the fair for some rootin' tootin' stampedin' fun.

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