Learning roses in the garden
The Monterey Bay Rose Society will host a Meeting and Education Day at the Display Rose Garden at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2661 East Lake Ave., on Saturday at 10am.
The event gives the public hands-on experience in the garden that includes preparing the soil, planting, use of wire baskets, deadheading and clean up of a rose bush.
Wear comfortable clothing, shoes and dress in layers as weather is unpredictable. Attendees are welcome to bring their pruners, gloves and garden gear. Note: use the livestock entrance.
For information, call Judy at 345.2678.
The date coincides with the Second Saturday events occurring at the Ag History Project at the fairgrounds so visitors there are welcome to the rose garden events as well.
Circus runs through Sunday at fairgrounds
Circus Alegria presents “King Kong vs. Dinosaurs” through Sunday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
The circus combines traditional acts with larger-than-life creatures.
Showtimes are Friday at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.
For information and tickets, visit circusalegria.com or call 661.440.1202.
Tickets on sale for Testicle Festival
The 15th Annual Testicle Festival, put on by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, returns Aug. 26 from 3-7pm at Estrada Deer Camp in Watsonville.
Local chef Loretta Estrada will be preparing the rocky mountain oysters and firefighter Derek Witmer will be barbecuing the chicken. The price, which includes the rocky mountain oysters and full chicken barbecue dinner, is $75 for adults, $30 for children 6-12 and free for children under 5.
The event will have a raffle, live and silent auction as well as a Cow Pie Bingo.
The popular “It’s All in the Sauce” Contest will again be held. The sauces (made by attendees who decide to enter the contest) are prepared to be served with the rocky mountain oysters. Each attendee will have a chance to vote on their favorite choice.
The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers band will perform.
For information, or to purchase tickets and sponsorships, visit eventbrite.com and search for “Testicle Festival in Watsonville.”