Rjay Villasenor dressed in a pair of his favorite brown boots and wore a white cowboy hat on Sunday for one of the last fun-filled days at the Big Fresno Fair.
His first stop was Ag Ventureland to see the baby animals and to learn how to be a real cowboy by roping a steer — a hay bale with horns on it.
Villasenor, 4 1/2, likes cowboys, said his mother, Marisella Villasenor of Fresno.
"He's into his boots" because he likes Woody, a cowboy character from the Toy Story movie, Villasenor said. "He likes horses a lot and likes farm stuff."
Families filled the fairgrounds on a pleasant and sunny Sunday for their last corn dogs of the season and their final thrill ride before the 13-day fair comes to a close Monday.
Children could still see newly born lambs and other animals such as pigs and cows in the Ag Ventureland barn, but could also try pedaling small tractors, raking hay in a stall, or milking a fake cow at the cowboy boot camp.
Rjay was quick to show other children how to use the rope. He's already been to the barn several times this week. It was his mother's fifth trip to the fair this year.
Julian Barragan, 4, of Dinuba, took a tractor for a spin with a big grin on his face. He likes to do everything like his father, Ramon, who drives farm tractors for a living, relatives said.
When asked what he liked the most, Julian used his hands to imitate driving the tractor.
"He was excited about the dinosaur exhibit," said his mom, Erica Barragan. "When he saw the alligator, he was even more excited and said it was scary and awesome."
Others at the fair make it a tradition to attend on the last Sunday of the event in what's become a day of entertainment focused on Hispanic culture. A mariachi festival with special guest Antonio Aguilar Jr. provided music at the Paul Paul Theater throughout the afternoon.
Local Hispanic performers and dancers were also invited to perform on the other stages throughout the fairgrounds. Twenty-six dancers from Los Ninos de Aztlan, a Mexico folklore dance school in Fresno, performed several dances at the Pavilion Stage.
Isabella Perez, 10, of Madera has been dancing for three years. Her parents make her annual fair performance a big outing for the entire family, inviting relatives from Stockton to join them for the day.
"A lot of my family is from Mexico, although I was born here, so we want to share this together," said her father, Gabriel Perez.
A crowd of onlookers filled the bleachers and grassy areas to watch the dancers in their flowy dresses and cheer them on.
"It's very fun," Isabella said. "I like lots of people watching us."
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