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Local Sites and Events

Local Museums

The Western Railway Museum is a train museum, with a wealth of railroad items and some cars and engines going back as far as rail in this area. Fairfield and Suisun City were at a railway hub going back to the 19th Century.

The Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center exhibits the history of the base and Air Force, with exhibits and example aircraft, on base. The Jimmy Doolittle Center is an air and space museum, at the Nut Tree (a development in Vacaville), with a mixture of aviation science and technology.

Benicia is a small city of around 28,000 about 35 minutes south of base with two interesting museums. The Benicia Historical Museum is a local history museum on the grounds of the former Benicia Arsenal, including the US Army stables for pack camels (yes) and storage of a typically large amount of munitions. Today, one of the tenants is the museum, which displays items and exhibits on various local history subjects. The city itself was the state capital for a period in the 19th Century. The Benicia Fire Museum has no camels, but it does have antique fire equipment, including some very old fashioned fire trucks, and fire fighting tools. Benicia has the oldest fire department in California, dating to before the Civil War, and a fairly large collection of equipment for a small city.

The Rio Vista Museum is a local history museum with preserved or restored carriages and cars, period clothing displays, and a variety of household items from the history of central California.

One of the major local businesses is Jelly Belly, the jelly bean maker, and there are free Jelly Belly Factory Tours available almost every day. The factory is on the other side of Fairfield from Travis, about 20 minutes away.

Festivals

The Northern California Pirate Festival descends on Vallejo in June, with hearty gourmet pirate food, encampments, nautical handicrafts, live music, jig-dancin', and a children's pirate school.

The Vacaville Fiesta Days are the local town fair and festival, held in May, with most of the usual fun, including live music, dancing, a queen's court, parade, a car show, family fun zone, dart tournament, and barbecue festival. Events change year to year - in the past there have been beard jails (for men - no beard; go to "jail"), a rodeo, and a sing-in.

The area has several other fairs and festivals, including the Solano County Fair, held in August, just north of Vallejo, and featuring rides, live music and other shows, youth performances, and fair food, and the Dixon May Fair, with much the same, but held in May.

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