Summer might be slowly drawing to a close, but some of the county’s biggest events are only just beginning—like the Santa Cruz County Fair with all the season’s essentials like corn dogs, funnel cakes, petting zoos, and pumpkin judging contests.

Give the kids one last big hurrah before evenings are dominated by hours of homework with a plethora of activities, shows, and contests to see over the six-day fair. They’ve got horses and wood- carving, live brewing demonstrations and pig racing, live music and hypnotists—with such a wide array, it’s fair to say there will be something for everyone.

Don’t miss musical acts by Tsunami, No Respect, and Jamie Lynn Spears—yes, Britney’s little sister.

Info: $5-10, Sep 9-14, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. 724-5671.