“Tall tales and fantastic stories have been associated with the Fair since the very first one in 1936. More than just a little rain fell during that 1936 Fair. On the second day it rained for five hours and people actually arrived in rowboats. (The frequency of rainy days at the fall fairs was a consideration when the decision was made to move the dates to June and July of each year.)”
“Under the sponsorship of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the exhibition that takes place each year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has operated under the names of San Diego Fair and Citrus Show, Southern California Exposition, The Del Mar Fair, and the currently familiar San Diego County Fair. Although it is a state agency, the 22nd DAA uses no tax dollars to operate the Fairgrounds. Its operating revenue is generated entirely by the Fair and other activities on the grounds. The 22nd DAA has an annual operating budget in excess of $50 million (approximately $20 million of which is the budget for the Fair), employs a full-time, year-round staff of nearly 160, and is the source of seasonal employment for more than 3,000 people.”
To read more about the history of the San Diego County Fair, here is the direct link:
What a treasure the San Diego County Fair is! I have been going to the Fair for years, but only started participating in the contests for a couple of years. Since I started participating in the Home and Hobby section of the fair, it has opened my eyes to a side of the fair I never knew existed. If you go to the San Diego County Fair, I hope that you will visit the Home and Hobby section, Design in Wood, Garden Section, and Fine Art section too! If you can’t go to the fair for whatever reason, I hope you enjoy my YouTube videos that show you a glimpse of these areas and all of the amazing talents that are on display! This is only a small part of the Fair! I don’t even show (on video) the agricultural contests and animals, which is another part of the fair that I visit on a different day with my family!
“Today’s San Diego County Fair now attracts crowds of more than 1.3 million over its annual three-week run, and has been among the nation’s top 10 fairs for many years.
6Jun 2018 Theme: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!”
9Jun 2018 Theme: “How Sweet It Is!”
5June 2017 Theme: “Where the West is Fun!”
June 10 2016 Theme: “Mad About The Fair!”
The California State Fair for the year 2020:
DEL MAR, Calif. (April 14, 2020) – The postponement of the San Diego County Fair was announced at today’s monthly 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors meeting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference today where he stated, “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get a vaccine,” mass gatherings are not likely to be allowed for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we believe it is the responsible decision to postpone the San Diego County Fair to 2021. We encourage all San Diegans to continue adhering to all public health guidelines so that the Fair can return in 2021.
“The health and safety of our community takes precedence during this unprecedented time of crisis,” said Tim Fennell, CEO/General Manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “The San Diego County Fair is a beloved family tradition for more than 1.5 million San Diegans each year, as well as a source of livelihood for numerous individuals and businesses. Yet with the continued impacts of COVID-19, postponing this year’s Fair is the right thing to do.”