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August Humboldt Happenings 

HOPS IN HUMBOLDT

Okay, so maybe the whole weed tourism scheme didn't pan out for Humboldt. What else we got?

How 'bout beer? With five five established local beer makers keeping locals hopped up, Humboldt boasts a pretty impressive per capita brewery count.

Need more proof? Well then make sure to check out Hops in Humboldt in Fortuna's Rohner Park on Aug. 27. There you'll have the opportunity to sample sudsy selections from all our local taste makers as well as over twenty other micro-breweries. You're opinions are important too. The coveted People's Choice Award will be up for grabs, a real feather in the cap of any brewer.

Yes, the day will also be heavy on barbecue, games and live music, but ultimately it's all about beer! Check out hopsinhumboldt.com for more.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY FAIR

Throughout the summer, Humboldt County is inundated with fairs, carnivals and festivals. But August plays host to the big one.

Now in its 115th year and stretching over 11 massive days from Aug. 11-21, The Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale promotes itself as "The Biggest Little Fair in the West." We'd like to see the criteria, but still, you're guaranteed to experience something you wouldn't normally be able to locally.

Along with all the usual county fair fixings, at various times this year's version will feature a wild bear show, a large reptile creature feature, the combination stand-up comedy/stunt show of Matt Baker, odd human balloon spectacle Skip Banks, and hypnotist Susan Rosen.

Add those to the mandatory horse racing (that's enough for some), carnival rides and games, livestock shows, local food and live music and you've got yourselves a fair, people! Be sure to hit up the free admission days Aug. 11, 15 and 16. For more info, hit up humboldtcountyfair.org.

ZOOTINI

Once a year, the animals at the Sequoia Park Zoo prove that they are more sophisticated than they're given credit for as the furry/feathered hosts of Zootini, this year taking place Aug. 13.

Celebrating its fifth year, this high-style fundraiser provides attendees the rare opportunity to enjoy tipsy up-close and personal animal encounters whilst sipping from the special zoo-themed drink menu which, to name a few, includes the Otter Bluetini, the Monkey Nuzzler, the Pink Flamingo and the Black Bear Bliss.

Also, please your taste buds with catering by Perfect Palate and soothe your ears with live jazz by Magnolia. There will be plenty of high end items available for auction.

And please, as tempting as the prospect of watching a drunk monkey may be, don't go there. All proceeds benefit the Sequoia Park Zoo foundation. Go to sequoiaparkzoo.net to learn more.

BRIDGEFEST

Things can get a little weird out in them hills. We've heard reports of UFOs, extraterrestrials in metalic suits, flying saucers and all other kinds of sci-fi weirdness taking place out Highway 36, mostly centered around the eBay-famous town of Bridgeville.

Our research has indicated that the height of alien activity coincidently occurs during Bridgefest on Aug. 20 on the bridge crossing the Van Duzen River. If you're brave enough to make the trek, expect a street fair, arts and crafts, barbecue, live music and, of course, the famous Flying Saucer Contest where teams hoist homemade crafts over the bridge earning points for distance, accuracy and style.

Take me to your leader! Call the Bridgeville Community Center at 777-1775 for more info.

WOOFSTOCK

Doing our best to resist canine cliches here. Let's just say that, throughout the summer, you'll find no shortage of events catering to human sensibilities -- see above. But one event goes out of its way to provide for man's best friend.

Woofstock, now in its 16th year, returns to Eureka's Halvorsen Park Aug. 21. The festivities kick off with the Mutt Strut through Old Town at 10 a.m. where canines and their human companions raise pledges to help homeless animals. Back in the park, you'll witness plenty of dog contests -- best costume, dog/owner look-alike, best wag, cutest dog, for example.

And continuing a tradition of the last couple years, the event will feature music by a performer who graced the stage at the actual Woodstock. This year, go up to the country with Canned Heat.

It's a dog eat dog world! Ugh. For more info, scamper over to woofstock.org. Ruff!

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