San Diego County Fair or bust!

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It’s San Diego County Fair or bust!

Since the last day is Sunday, July 6, today is my last opportunity to make it to the San Diego County Fair.

This year’s fair is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America in 1964 with its theme “The Fab Fair,” so it’s definitely a year that I didn’t want to inadvertently miss.

If they are playing Beatles music throughout the Fair, I might break out in song & dance!

The San Diego County Fair is North America’s seventh largest fair based on 2013 attendance:

  1. Texas State Fair, Dallas—2,598,215
  2. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo—2,506,238
  3. Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul—1,731,162
  4. San Antonio Livestock Show & Exhibition—1,665,747
  5. Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, Massachusetts—1,481,917
  6. Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona—1,438,514
  7. San Diego County Fair—1,425,200
  8. Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, California—1,374,579
  9. Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto—1,360,000
  10. Arizona State Fair, Phoenix—1,178,515

I have been to #1 four times, #2 nineteen times, #4 six times, and #7 seven times. Sad that in 21 years in San Diego, I’ve only been 7 times. It’s not like it’s expensive ($14 for adults), but ever since Amtrak and the Coaster did away with their Fair stop, I haven’t been going. Driving is a hassle and parking, well, after trying to park and then trying to leave at the end of the day….

Polly wants a margarita

My favorite part of the Fair are the flower and gardening shows, and, of course, being a native Texan, the livestock shows.

Here are some pictures from past Fairs:

Dahlia at the 2012 San Diego County Fair

Piglets at the San Diego County Fair

Aliens at the San Diego County Fair

Aliens at the San Diego County Fair

Aliens at the San Diego County Fair

Aliens at the San Diego County Fair

Pigs at the San Diego County Fair

Mountain Lake Chess Club at the San Diego County Fair

Little did I know that after seeing the Mountain Lake Chess Camp at the Fair last year, I would be teaching chess for them just a couple of months later at after-school enrichment programs for K-6 schools.

Here’s my BFF chess set:

Succulent chess set at the San Diego County Fair

Julian, if you see my BFF chess set, leave a comment. There might be a monetary bonus in it for you!

Robert Fremont's Unique Island Style Decor at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Robert Fremont's Unique Island Style Decor at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Turkey at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Floral arrangement at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Rose show at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

Rose show at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

2013 San Diego County Fair

Amtrak at the San Diego County Fair

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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4 thoughts on “San Diego County Fair or bust!

  1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

    Amtrak has two cities right next to each other that want Amtrak stops, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Since Amtrak here is subsidized by the State of California independently of the other 47 states, the State likes to recoup whatever money it can, so it lets the cities bid against each other. When I first got to San Diego, Solana Beach was the stop. Then Del Mar put in the higher bid and they won the stop for several years. Now we’re back to Solana Beach.

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