Ventura County Fair closes with attendance increase

stuff fairThe Unforgettables Big Band had the standing room only crowd dancing the afternoon away.

The Ventura County Fair’s Board of Directors, management, and staff are proud to report a successful 2015 Fair. Celebrating the best of the best from throughout Ventura County, the 140th edition closed with strong numbers in all categories. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” during the 12-day run, August 5 through August 16.

More than 2000 volunteers and a workforce of hundreds opened the gates with tremendous teamwork in the days leading up to the Fair.

The Ventura County Fair’s mission is to preserve, promote, and showcase agriculture and the traditions of Ventura County, this was accomplished with competitive livestock and horse shows, agricultural exhibits and baking contests, Adding to the attraction were exciting carnival rides, tasty food concessions, and diverse entertainment. There was something for everyone, capturing the hearts of visitors and making lasting memories that will last forever. Fairgoers were greeted with an abundance of new attractions, which included the Fair’s first-ever chicken obstacle course, fresh new talents on the Station Stage, the latest in summer fad fair foods, baby Emus on display in the small livestock area and the first-ever stick pony barrel racing contest.

“We strive to bring a top quality fair to the community,” said CEO Barbara Quaid. “For us the focus is not so much about the numbers of people coming through the gates, but about the quality of the experience our guests have at the Fair. “

The overall success would not be possible without the tremendous support of the sponsors and the community. While the gates have closed on the 2015 Ventura County Fair, planning is already underway for the 2016 Fair.

Final numbers are:

Total Attendance                 2015   318,113                      2014  303,847                  increae    4.70%

The Ventura County Fairgrounds consists of a 62.5-acre parcel and operates as a multi-purpose, multi-functional, year-round facility accommodating a variety of events.  Regarded as a premier rental facility, the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center attracts some of the most popular shows and attractions in the county throughout the year, including livestock shows, dog shows, horse shows, home and recreation shows, concerts, dances, business expos, weddings and receptions, motorcycle and automobile shows, camping groups, and much more.

The Ventura County Fair entertained thousands of guests and employs up to 700 seasonal staff during the annual 12-day event. The Fair brings economic, social, educational, and cultural resources and provides lasting impressions on Fairgoers. While agriculture is the heart of the Fair, it’s the diverse entertainment that typically draws Fairgoers through the gates. Known for free top name concerts, we take pride in the overall dynamics and diversity of the entertainment, the esthetics and cleanliness of the grounds, as well as the vast educational and innovative exhibits that are showcased throughout the Fair each year.

The Board of Directors, management, and staff are very proud of our facility and the resources generated and contributed to the economic impact to Ventura County.

 

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