June 2011 home page

  Hosting a Million
Sherryl L. Parks | Kalamath Drive


Photo Virginia Lawrence

It is fun to read the history of the fair with the early beginning of agriculture shows in the fall, 1936. Due to heavy rains the annual show was moved from the fall to late spring and this year it will kick-off on Friday, June 10 and continue through Monday, July 4. Historically the final weekend draws the biggest crowds, in fact on July 3 in 1998, 101,867 people attended! When you are planning your 4th of July weekend and errands around town you might consider the 4th as a time to avoid using Jimmy Durante.

Photo Virginia Lawrence

For twenty-two days Solana Beach and Del Mar host an average of 60,841 attendees who come to the San Diego County Fair to see the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show displays, ornamental plants, agriculture produce and competitions in woodworking, baking, sewing and the ever popular Junior Livestock Auction. I’ve had neighbors who go primarily to the fair to buy a healthy cow to fill their freezers! Our Rose Society enjoys numerous awards while 300 friends and neighbors hold jobs during the fair season.

Race to the Fair is the theme for 2011. I’m not sure what that means but the image of a souped up car is what you’ll see. The fair is closed on Mondays except on the 4th of July. To celebrate this special 75th anniversary year there are promises of extra special stage shows and attractions. Remember that Kid’s Day is every Tuesday. That is the day when kids 12 and under get in free so attendance ticks up then as well.
Fair prices are as follows: adult admission is $13; for seniors (62 and older) and kids ages 6-12 admission is $7; under 5 you can get in free. Parking is $10 but if you check out the website you can find locations to park and ride a shuttle to the gate. Using this shuttle has some advantages especially when kids are too tired to walk back to the car and you simply want to be able to get out of the parking lot. I usually walk in from downtown. Special ticket bargains can be purchased ahead at Albertsons/Sav-on.

“Taste of the Fair Tuesday” is an opportunity to eat smaller portions of your favorite foods for $2 per food choice. It can be a long day with so much to see and hear at the fair. Luckily those of us who live in Del Mar can break it up either by going early in the morning and returning for the stage concert or perhaps going on two different days in the middle of the week when crowds are lighter.

The San Diego County Fair website is www.delmarfairgrounds.com. What a disappointment to see the state-funded website used to publicize the Ag-District Board’s political views. Check out the screaming red bullet in the right side on the home page. The same old fear tactics and victimization fills up the page that offers outsiders to speak up and give their point of view. The image of neon-Goliath comes to mind. This Goliath claims to have preserved the wetlands yet it is Del Mar who forced these issues, time and again. Sad to see the marketing of our wonderful fair used in this way.



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