LOS ANGELES (CBS) – The 65th annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is set to begin Friday at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio this weekend, drawing an audience of more than 300,000 people.

“The Date Festival is a great occasion for people around the valley,  and around the county, to come together for a good time,” said County Supervisor John Benoit.  “If  you’ve already enjoyed the annual attraction, this fair promises to be another  unforgettable experience.”

With 10 days of music, ostrich and camel races and the traditional blessing of the dates, the fair also features and all-star musical line-up including Grammy-nominated, Latin recording artist Luz Rios (Friday), Third Eye Blind (Saturday), former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler (Sunday) and Switchfoot (Feb. 26).  The annual Presidents’ Day Parade will take place Monday, with District  Attorney Paul Zellerbach serving as the grand marshal.

Admission will be free from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday.  Gates open daily at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 5 years old will be  admitted free.  The fair continues through Feb. 27.

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