A Country Fair with Ocean Air Closes for Another Year
The 2014 Ventura County Fair provided exciting and affordable entertainment for all tastes. Fairgoers sampled food in the Agriculture Building, celebrated their long relationships at the Blessing of the Marriages ceremony and played with home made wooden toys in the Youth Expo. They took a scenic ride on the Ferris Wheel, competed in the Junior Fair Board’s “Quick Six” Slider Eating Contest, and watched FREE Grandstand concerts by top-name artists like The Beach Boys, WAR and Jake Owen.
County residents came out strong with more than 18,000 competitive entries, displayed in exhibits throughout the fair. The Ventura County Fair welcomed visitors from every corner of the county. Fairgoers from all ten Ventura County cities told their own unique stories. Santa Paula residents shone in the Gem & Minerals Department. Ojai residents won prizes in agriculture, and Port Hueneme exhibitors crafted beautiful quilts. Camarillo entries won big with herbs and produce, and folks from Fillmore took home grand prizes for their livestock. Venturans constructed prize-winning gardens, and Oxnard exhibitors received awards for home arts. Simi Valley winners were showcased in the Youth Expo and the Floriculture Department, Moorpark residents won prizes for their clothing and textiles, and Thousand Oaks gardeners earned awards for their produce. Friends, neighbors and families joined these winning exhibitors to see the exhibits and congratulate the winners.
Fair attendance numbers were strong, with 303,850 people attending the 2014 Fair. The Ventura County Fair credits the numerous Special Admission Days, like Dollar Day, Youth Day and Senior Day for the attendance. These Special Admission Days help make the Fair affordable to all. Also to be credited are the free shuttle buses throughout the county, which made transportation easier for fairgoers.
The Ventura County Fairgrounds Receives no Tax Dollars or other State Funding. We are able to present you with First Class Free Concerts and a Top-Quality Fair with Self-Generated Funds. Money raised from the Fair, The Derby Club, and weekly events like Swap Meets, Dog Shows, Car Shows and more is all used to produce the Fair.
“I am grateful to the community for it’s year ‘round support.” said Barbara Quaid, Ventura County Fairgrounds CEO, “ By attending the swap meets, gun shows, circuses and other events at the fairgrounds you give us the financial support we need to provide the single greatest value in the community.”
More than 2,000 volunteers support the fair. They contribute valuable time and talent every year to help produce the fair.
The Ventura County Fair ran from July 30 through August 10 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org or call the fairgrounds at 648-3376.