On Sunday, July 28, the California Mid-State Fair concluded for this season at the Paso Robles Event Center. As president of the fair’s board of directors, I’m proud to report that we had another great year.
The Mid-State Fair began in 1946 as the San Luis Obispo County Fair, and since then, it’s grown to become one of the largest fairs in the state, with more than 400,000 attendees for the past three consecutive years.
With concerts, equestrian and livestock shows, the Central Coast Wine competition, carnivals, cattle drives and art displays, the fair has something for everyone to enjoy.
It is also an important engine for our local economy. The California Department of Food and Agriculture estimated that in 2009, the Mid-State Fair generated more than $52 million in spending for local business and more than $700,000 in tax revenue for the county. These effects rippled out into our community and created close to $15 million in salary and employee benefits in 2009.
But what I’m most proud of is the Junior Livestock Auction, which raised more than $2.1 million for the young members of 4-H and FFA.
I would like to thank all of the hardworking staff, volunteers and community members who help make the California Mid-State Fair the “Biggest Little Fair Anywhere.”
While the festivities are over for this summer, the California Mid-State Fair will be back next year, running from July 16 to 27.
I hope to see you there.