The following is a very subjective list of the top attractions at the 151st California State Fair, in no particular order:
• Buy an unlimited-rides wristband for $25 and commit to riding all 55 midway rides, from the death-beckoning Cobra Coaster to the knee-smashing kiddie cars.
• Visit the exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court decreed that all separate facilities are inherently unequal. Consider this principle in light of current civil- rights struggles in America.
• Greedily “taste” award-winning wines until Albertsons Wine Country deports you to the Budweiser Roadhouse.
• Once at the Roadhouse, sing a karaoke version of “She’s Like the Wind” in honor of Road House star Patrick Swayze. Dirty dancing also is encouraged.
• Hear some real singing when Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers play nightly from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Blues and Brews Stage.
• Consume something on a stick.
• Work off all that fried food by clapping vigorously for the Chinese acrobats who perform daily at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Safe Credit Union Center Stage.
• Surrender to the organ-quashing properties of centrifu- gal force on the Zero Gravity ride.
• Let Smokey Bear assure you that only you can prevent forest fires.
• Hover around the classic-car show, trying to convince the ladies that the 1967 Porsche is really yours.
• Shake your moneymaker to the Afro-Latin funk of Ozomatli, Tuesday, August 31, at 8 p.m. on the Golden 1 Stage.
• Shout, “I’m the king of the world!” from the top of the 50-meter La Grande Wheel before collapsing into a cotton-candy-induced coma.