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Jul 16, 2013 8:42 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

California Mid State Fair adds finishing touches

The California Mid-State Fair kicks off Wednesday. Gates to the fair open at noon, so last minute preparations are underway.

Wednesday night is the Tim McGraw concert and more than 10,000 tickets have already been sold, but there are some left, according to fair organizers.

Beyond the stage, there is a lot to do at the fair and even some new additions.

"We have a new front gate with signage. We've never had the name of the Paso Robles Event Center displayed out on the street," said Vivian Robertson, CEO of the Mid-State Fair.

The event center has turned into a little city overnight.

"There are some new attractions. We have Sudsy Barn, which is a hand washing station trying to teach children to wash their hands better before they eat anything after petting animals," said Robertson.

There's also a new patio area so people can beat the heat. Another addition is a husband and wife pie shop from Oregon. This year, they are making their sweet debut.

"We kind of want to make anti-fair food. They have everything deep fried and on a stick. We have nothing deep fried, nothing on a stick. Honey what is in the crust? Organic palm oil shortener, unbleached wheat flower and cane sugar," said Michael Compton, owner of Willamette Valley Pie Company.

Some items on their menu are Marian berry pies, cobblers, turnovers and cookies.

"The cookies are all my mom's recipes," said Stephanie Compton.

The two hit the road baking pies for 42 fairs from California to Louisiana.

"My wife's love and passion is baking and these plants," said Compton.

So they pack up their plants and their pets.

"We spend nine months out of the year living in a fifth wheel with two bengal cats and a pot bellied pig named Wilber," said Compton.

This is the 68th year for the California Mid-State Fair. It employs more than 500 people.

The fair goes until July 28th.

For a list full list the concerts, click here.

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