H-PASO ROBLES

Jul 17, 2012 8:45 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Last minute preparations for California Mid State Fair

The California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles kicks off its 12 day run Wednesday afternoon.

Concerts, foods and carnival rides are just some of the things that the fair has to offer. But how are the days leading up to the big opening?

It's one of the busiest days at the fairgrounds, and the doors haven't even opened.

Over hundreds of concession stands were doing their last minute touches. In fact, some wrapped up the Santa Barbara County Fair just a couple of days ago. And, Paso was their next stop.

"This is my baby. I love cooking, and I love teaching people incredible recipes," said Dianne Linderman of "Everything That Matters".

Linderman has been coming to the fair for the past 20 years. But this time will be the first she's also bringing along her mobile cooking show.

"I love the fair business. I love meeting people and I have so much fun doing this in front of people and showing them the very secrets of my recipes," said Linderman of Oregon.

But Linderman is not the only one setting up. In fact, Steve Marcus has become some sort of a pro here. This marks his 35th year.

Aside from all the people watching, Marcus said his favorite thing about the fair has to be the live music.

"While you're working, you listen to the music. You're selling them and being with the music," added Marcus.

Fair officials are hoping to break last year's attendance record of over 400,000.

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