(2019 Fair numbers)….They were released Monday morning.
This year’s Fair had to compete with breezy to windy conditions, some rain and colder than normal temperatures. Despite that Total admissions to the Fair were up 2.5%. Paid admissions, however, were down 3.6%. Food concessions were down 1.6% compared to last year’s fair. The Carnival did alright. Presale carnival tickets were up 5%, while onsite sales were up 18%, for a total of an 11% increase over 2018. Livestock numbers were hampered by a virulent Newcastle Disease forcing the fair to not have a poultry show. Despite that, there were 1,135 livestock exhibits. Livestock sales totaled $2,055,574.42, up 2% from last year. $3340 in premiums were paid to livestock exhibitors. $30,585 was the highest price paid for an animal, a steer. $153 per pound was the highest price paid for an animal, a lamb. The 2020 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta will be held February 28th thru March 8th.