Del Mar Fair in San Diego
The 75th anniversary at the current location will be celebrated in 2011 with the theme focusing on cars. Originally, the fair was intended to highlight agricultural pursuits. Like all traditional fairs held in many cities, counties and states across America, the Del Mar Fair offers exhibits encompassing such things as craft, flower and food preparation awards to animal exhibits, livestock shows and auctions to benefit young people belonging to 4H clubs and Future Farmers of America. Student exhibit and project entries include age categories from kindergarten to community college.
Since 1980 each fair has featured a theme some of which celebrate various milestones such as California Dreamin in 2000 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the fair. The 2004 theme honored the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss who was born in San Diego. For 2011 the cars theme will include displays of cars ranging from luxury and exotic to electric models.
Live entertainment by artists in the music industry has always been a highlight of the fair and is considered to be the number one attraction. Some of the outstanding performers over the years have been Carrot Top, Andy Williams, the Kingston Trio, Lawrence Welk, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Village People.
The Del Mar Fair is known for thrill rides in the Fun Zone including extreme activities such as bungee jumping. For younger fair goers, Kiddie Land offers a merry-go-round. One ride guaranteed to delight all ages is a giant Ferris wheel that not only affords a view of many other attractions and activities available but includes a breathtaking view of the ocean as well.
Over 100 food booths available offer visitors the opportunity to satisfy their appetites with everything from beef sundaes to fried butter which was the new food feature for 2010.
Located near this 5th largest fair in America are many accommodations such as the San Diego Hilton/Del Mar which is across the street.