ZOOOOM to SD County Fair Opens Friday, June 10th

Opening Day of the 2011 San Diego County Fair is Friday, June 10. The Fair’s theme, “Race to the Fair,” highlights Southern California’s car culture!

The theme for this year’s Fair is everything about cars, Cars, CARS! Southern California is a mecca for car clubs and car enthusiasts from around the world. Featured throughout the Fair are exotic cars, luxury cars, “star” cars, muscle cars, low riders, Southern California car culture and lots more!

Standard Guide to American Muscle Cars : [a Supercar Source Book, 1960-2005] / edited by John Gunnell

Offers profiles of the most popular muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s through the mid-1990s.  Think Corvettes, Mustangs, GTOs and Camaros….ahh, those were the days!

The Classic Car Book : the essential guide to buying, owning, enjoying and maintaining a classic car / Andrew Noakes                    It is essential reading for anyone contemplating ownership of their first classic car, and for existing owners who wish to maximize their enjoyment of the classic car scene.

Cars [DVD] / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios  

 A racing car named Lightning McQueen has just lost a big race, and  on the highway he goes astray, and rolls into the forgotten hamlet of Radiator Springs, in Carburetor County. This was a happenin’ town, back when Route 66 was the way to get from Chicago to LA.  ( Roger Ebert , Chicago Times)


And, true to the mission of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the 2011 San Diego County Fair will highlight agriculture, farmers, 4H, FFA and Grange.

4-H, an American Idea, 1900-1980 : a history of 4-H / by Thomas Wessel  and Marilyn Wessel

This books, published  by the National 4H Council, explains the history of the 4H movement in the USA, and describes the 4H experience.


Of course, the Fair will have more than 100 food vendors, great commercial exhibitors, thrill rides and attractions, the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show, a fun and educational Theme Exhibit, and a fantastic lineup of headliner entertainment with the Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Heineken Grandstand Stage, the Paddock Concert Series, The Solid Gold Series, the Chevrolet Del Mar Arena, and so much more!

Gates open daily at 11 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m., Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, July 4. Admission is $13 for adults; $7 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; and free for ages 5 and younger.


Reading Certificate

Students aged 12 and younger who read 10 books and have that accomplishment verified with their teacher or librarian can bring the certificate to the Fair and receive free admission on any day of the Fair, by presenting the completed and signed certificate at the admission gate.

Download Reading Certificate in English

Download Reading Certificate in Spanish (Certificado de Lectura)


The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and the sixth largest fair in the United States. The 2010 Fair hosted more than 1.3 million guests and hit an all-time attendance record.

The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge gets underway in the Chevrolet Del Mar Arena. The action starts at 11 a.m., going throughout the day. The top canine athletes in the West will face off in the Incredible Diving Dog and Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc competitions through the Fair’s first weekend. For more information about the Purina Dog Challenge, go to www.sdfair.com/entertainment.

In the new and exciting Cruisin’ California theme exhibit, presented by Jeffery Scott Fine Magnetics, Fairgoers will see the first of four car displays that will happen during the Fair. Exotic and luxury cars, including a Lamborghini, will be in the exhibit June 10- 12. Additionally, a celebrity replica of the “Ectomobile” from the “Ghostbusters” movie will be on display. Also, at 5 p.m., free beer tasting will be offered. For more information about the theme exhibit, go to www.sdfair.com/theme.

Over at Surfside Race Place, a special Del Mar Fairgrounds 75th Anniversary exhibit will tell the story of the Fairgrounds and the Fair, and will illustrate the history of auto racing and horse racing on the Fairgrounds. Car shows will be held daily outside Surfside; on Opening Day, Coastal Cruisers and California Corvettes will be featured.

Great family fun contests take place every day! Just how many slices of pie can you gobble down at the Pie Eating contest, on the Plaza Stage at noon? It’s the Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest at the Infield Farm at 12:30 p.m., and the Corn Husking Contest at the same location at 1 p.m. The kids will love the old-fashioned contests, such as sack races, hula hoop contests and relays of many kinds.  County Fair fun for all!


Or just enjoy some fun summer reading that is fair related:

 September Fair / Jess Lourey

 The Minnesota State Fair-the beloved home of 4H exhibits, Midway rides, and everything on a stick. The festival fun is riding high until the recently crowned Queen of the Dairy is brutally murdered while her regal likeness is being carved in butter. Can Mira James, covering the fair for the local Battle Lake Recall, expose a deadly State Fair secret and win a blue ribbon for caging a killer? You bet your last deep-fried Nut Goodie! 

 “Move over Janet Evanovich-mystery fans have a new reason to celebrate! September Fair is fun, funny, and so cleverly written, you’ll be guessing until the very end.” —Gemma Halliday, best-selling author of Mayhem in High Heels


The County Fair [downloadable audio books] / Katherine Valentine

The annual County Fair sparks a flurry of activity and brings some surprising secrets to light in this heartwarming conclusion to Katherine Valentine’s beloved Dorsetville series.


State Fair / Earlene Fowler

Folk art museum curator, rancher, and sometime sleuth Benni Harper returns with a long-awaited new mystery that has her attending the San Celina Mid-State Fair-a place for caramel apples and 4-H calves, colorful quilts and homemade jams, and maybe just a little murder…      (Enjoy one of our own Southern California authors!)


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