Ocean Mist Farms mascot Arti the Artichoke will greet fans at the Monterey County Fair Aug. 29 in Monterey, Calif.

From 3 to 6 p.m. he’ll be at the agriculture building and at sites throughout the fairgrounds.

At the fair, Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms plans to serve fried artichokes and artichoke sourdough bisque and enter its line of fresh vegetables, including artichokes, for judging against other locally grown produce.

Ocean Mist Farms donates product to the Country Store in the fair’s agriculture building each day. The fair runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 1. All Country Store sales benefit the Monterey County Fair exhibit program and the agriculture department.

“We are excited to bring the majority of our local grown vegetables to this year’s Monterey County Fair,” Hilda Medina, Ocean Mist marketing event specialist, said in a news release.