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Nearly 1,000,000 visitors Re-United at the 2022 San Diego County Fair
A total of 973,508 fairgoers visited the San Diego County Fair during its 21-day season. After a two-year hiatus, the Fair returned with a power-packed theme, “Heroes, Re-Unite!” opening Wednesday, June 8 and closing with a fireworks-filled finale on Independence Day, Monday, July 4th. An average of 46,400 daily guests were elated to visit the beloved annual family tradition, which first opened its doors in 1880, some 142 years ago.
Visitors once again had the opportunity to walk through competitive exhibits, learn about agriculture, buy unique products, shake, rattle & roll to their favorite music, enjoy thrilling rides, win a stuffed animal or two, and of course, savor the yummy flavors of Fair food.
“We’re thrilled with the response we’ve received,” Katie Mueller, Chief Operating Officer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds states. “The smiles on the faces of fairgoers says it all. Guests are telling us how excited they are to have the Fair back, as an annual trip to the Fair is a favorite summertime family tradition that they’ve truly missed these past few years.”
The Hall of Heroes theme exhibit featured a series of interactive challenges where guests could discover their super powers, and engage with movie-quality props like the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, Batman and even an authentic 1966 Batmobile.
But remember, not everybody needs a cape to be a hero. Beyond the superpowers of the larger-than-life characters we’ve grown up with in comic books and the silver screen, the Fair went on a mission to find local, real-life heroes–ordinary people who take extraordinary measures to make the world a better place. These community heroes are our neighbors right here in Southern California who have overcome monumental obstacles, shown great courage, and protect, nurture and bring joy to people around them. The stories of 33 such community heroes were featured in the Hall of Heroes theme exhibit, as well as in a video tribute shown nightly in the Paddock.
Already looking forward to next summer? The 2023 San Diego County Fair dates, theme and logo will be unveiled at the 22nd District Agriculture Association board of directors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 1:30pm.
Number of food concessions: 110
Total ice cream cones: 27,734
Chicken Charlie’s sold 10,000 frog legs and 6,000 giant baby bottles filled with Kool-Aid
Mom’s Bakeshoppe sold 152,924 chocolate-chip cookies
Rides & Games Facts
Number of rides: 76
Number of games: 60
Total number of rides: 2,196,720
Slingshot rides: 3,608
Top Five Rides
- Big Wheel
- Crazy Mouse
- G Force
7,475 stuffed animals were collected through the Care N’ Share Toy Drive and will be distributed to children in need.
510 Boy and Girl Scouts participated in flag raising ceremonies.
10 public safety departments (police, fire) participated in the Hall of Heroes theme exhibit
33 community heroes were represented in the Hall of Heroes theme exhibit
Agriculture & Education
Number of competitive exhibits ribbons awarded: 12,792
Number of Plant *Grow*Eat participants: 3,315
Number of animals: 203
Total amount raised: $423,608 (*add-ons are still being accepted)
Averages $2070.23 per head, a 49% increase from 2019
Number of retail vendors: 315
Number of performers: 17,619 including all stages, walk arounds and shows
Number of Grandstand concert tickets: 67,421
Two sold-out shows: Sam Hunt: 7,304 tickets; Gabriel Iglesias: 7,602 tickets
Number of t-shirts handed out by Chevy: 21,000
Number of Del Mar Fairgrounds employees: 73 permanent; 951 seasonal
2022 San Diego County Fair Community Heroes: