Men, women and children including at least one little boy in a Lone Ranger mask smiled from atop horses Wednesday morning as they led a herd of 50 cattle through the streets of Paso Robles to kick off the California Mid-State Fair.
Dozens of spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the cattle drive making its way through town. A fair tradition, the cattle drive welcomes the entourage into the fairgrounds, where the cattle are then used in the fairs roping shows.
The Mid-State Fair runs from noon to midnight daily through July 28 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave.
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