Spring Has Sprung: Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms Grace the Dixon May Fair

"Spring Has Sprung!"

That's the theme of the 146th annual Dixon May Fair, the 36th District Agricultural Association. 

It's been a long, cold winter and we're ready for that! So are the exhibitors and fairgoers.

When the fair opens Thursday, May 11 and continues through Sunday, May 14 at 655 S. First St., Dixon, you'll see bees, butterflies and blossoms--and much more--exhibited in Today's Youth Building (Denverton Hall) and in the Floriculture Building. 

Denverton Hall superintendent Bernadette "Bernie" Jacquot of Gridley, former exhibits supervisor at the Butte County Fair, has served more than 30 years in the fair industry. 

A few of the insect-related exhibits in the Today's Youth Showcase (since this is a Bug Squad blog): 

  • A crocheted bumble bee, the work of Faith Ford, 14, of Vacaville
  • A wall hanging of a butterfly by Elizabeth Martinez, 14, of Elk Grove
  • A photo of a lady beetle, aka ladybug, by Isabelle Johnson-Lopez, 11, of Fairfield
  • Butterfly art hanging (diamond art) by Regan Van Tuyl, 13 of Dixon
  • A photo of a butterfly titled "Painted Wings" by Regan VanTuyl, 13 of Dixon (identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro as the ventral side of a Sara Orange-Tip (See https://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/butterfly/anthocharis/sara-sara)
  • A "bee happy" tote bag, the work of Jessie Means, 15, of Vacaville

In the Floriculture Building, coordinated by superintendent Pat Connelly of Vacaville, you'll see lush gardens, bee murals, and some creative bee and floral motifs by Connolly. This is her third year as building superintendent.(She says she doesn't have a green thumb but she definitely has an eye for creating bee and floral decorations.)

On one wall, Connelly has created what looks like a Matilija poppy plant, complete with a six-sectioned white ceramic platter for the petals, centered with a cluster of yellow ribbons. In another area, her honey bee with widespread yellow wings is heading for a purple flower, already occupied by a golden bee. 

Key information about the fair:


Thursday,  May 11: 4 to 10 p.m. (Ticket sales and buildings close at 9 p.m.) No re-entry after 9 p.m.

Friday, May 12: Noon to 11 p.m. (Ticket sales and buildings close at 10 p.m.) No re-entry after 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 13: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Ticket sales and buildings close at 10 p.m.) No re-entry after 10 p.m.

Sunday,  May 14: Noon to 10 p.m. (Ticket sales and buildings close at 9 p.m.) No re-entry after 9 p.m.


THRIFTY THURSDAY, May 11:  $5 admission for everyone 5 years of age and older

KIDS' DAY FRIDAY, May 12: Children 12 and under free fair admission all day


Adult 13 and Over: $15

Children 5 to 12 years of age:  $10

Children 4 & Under: Free fair admission

Senior Citizen Discount: 65 and over, $10

Military Discount, with an active duty card,  $10

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Access the fair website for information on musical entertainment, special shows, and rules.  The Dixon Fair May chief executive officer is Patricia "Pat" Conklin,  a veteran fair manager with 40-plus years of management experience in the fair industry (deputy CEO of the Solano County Fair, CEO of Butte County Fair, CEO of Sonoma-Marin Fairs and then CEO of the Dixon May Fair, beginning in 2012.)  She was inducted into the Western Fairs' Association Hall of Fame in 2022.

Pat grew up in Dixon and, as a member of both the 4-H and FFA programs, showed livestock in the same fair that she manages today.