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STOCKTON, CA - The San Joaquin County Fair opened Thursday with a slate of horse-racing, livestock exhibits, live music and of course, carnival rides for fair-goers.

The gates opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston doing the honors.

The festive event was welcomed with cooler weather and lots of fun.

PHOTOS: Opening day of the San Joaquin County Fair

The 153rd San Joaquin County Fair runs from Sept. 20-30, and is only one of six fairs in California that offers horse-racing. There is also food,nightly fireworks and all kinds of exhibits, with more than 1,000 submissions from area youth.

The fair is located at 1658 South Airport Way in Stockton.

Admission is free and gates open at noon. Buildings are open until 10 p.m. and the Midway is open until midnight. Click here to visit the fair's website.