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2023 San Diego County Fair Theme, Dates Announced
Adventure Awaits in the Great Outdoors––“Get Out There!”
Adventure awaits next summer at the 2023 San Diego County Fair, as happy campers are invited to “Get Out There!” and explore the great outdoors, June 7 through July 4. Fair event dates, theme and logo were unanimously approved today at the monthly 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) Board of Directors meeting, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
“After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to bring back a full-scale fair to our community this past summer,” said Carlene Moore, 22nd DAA CEO. “We’re looking forward to next year and creating a fun, memorable experience the whole family can take part in together and we hope to help inspire guests to ‘get out there’ and explore some of the natural beauty around us both near and far.”
By all measures, the 2022 San Diego County Fair was a success. 973,508 fairgoers enthusiastically returned to the Fair, after a two-year hiatus. More importantly, the Fair served as a community event and gathering place, once again kicking-off the start to summer for all San Diegans. Food and beverage sales surpassed pre-pandemic numbers as fairgoers sought out their favorite eateries; per cap spending was up 65% over 2019. More than 7,400 stuffed animals were donated at the gates for the Care N Share Toy Drive – a program benefitting San Diego youth. Nearly 13,000 ribbons were awarded to community members and more than 17,000 entertainers performed for the crowds.
The 2023 season opens Wednesday, June 7 and runs through Tuesday, July 4, 2023 (the fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June.) Get Out There will celebrate the diversity of outdoor experiences that San Diego County is known for. Summer camp has never been so much fun!
- Are you a Fair Trailblazer? Find out by participating in a scavenger hunt through the fair, and you just might earn yourself a merit badge.
- Learn about our treasured National and State Parks––did you know California has the second-largest park system in the world and the largest state park system in the United States?
- Celebrate the mountains, deserts and beaches of the Golden State as you find yourself immersed in blooming poppies and surrounded by quirky quail, while you sing along to “California here I come!”
- Taste tantalizing new takes on classic campfire cuisine including flame-cooked barbeque and gourmet s’mores.
- Participate in “Fair Camp” games, sports and activities for kids of all ages — including kids at heart! From arts and crafts to relay races, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to earn badges, ribbons and bragging rights.
Of course, there’s no shortage of traditional Fair fun to explore. Scout out Best-of-Show winners in the Fair’s various competitive exhibitions from woodworking to floral design, and fine art to homemade crafts and collections. Reach new heights as you climb to the top of the Ferris wheel and enjoy the view of the glistening, blue Pacific. Hike out to the Farm, Livestock Barns, CA Grown and the Garden Show to learn all about local agriculture from food to fiber to flowers.
The San Diego County Fair began in 1880. One of the treasured traditions and key components that continues to set the fair apart from other events and amusement venues, is the participatory element of the fair. The community is the star of the show, and the public is encouraged to “Get Out There” and take part in the Fair by performing center stage as a community entertainer, or submitting arts and hobbies through the fair’s competitive exhibition program. Entry materials and applications for public participation programs will be available starting in January, and admission and ticketed concerts and festivals are expected to go on sale in March
About the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Established in 1936, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a world-class, multi-use, public facility with an emphasis on promoting agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation in a fiscally sound and environmentally conscientious manner for the benefit of all. The 22nd District Agricultural Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds on behalf of the State of California, and is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Fairgrounds operations are primarily funded by revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair. For more information, visit delmarfairgrounds.com.