For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Contact: Janet Covello, CEO at 209-466-5041
Kate Post, Director of Marketing
The San Joaquin County Fair completed a successful eight (8) days of horseracing and
fair fun! Nanette Martin, Board President stated,” We were happy to once again honor
the free admission gate so that everyone could attend and we saw a safe, family
environment with no crime or incidences of any significance to report.” Attendance grew to over 132,000 fairgoers representing a slight increase over the 2011 Fair. The Fair also boasted the local economy with over 300 temporary employees hired prior to the start of the Fair. The 152nd Annual Fair is one of only seven (7) horseracing fairs in California. Popular events included Derby Doggie Dash Sundays at the fair where small furry contestants race in between the horseraces.
The Fair had a full schedule of horseracing, exhibits, food, carnival, concerts, nightly fireworks and much more. The buildings housed new exhibits including photo displays and contests, Italian chalk painting and Ag Mechanics. The “Cannedstruction Project” by Emergency Food bank donated over 5000 pounds of canned foods to the bank from the barn display built out of cans and raised $1000 for the Emergency Food Bank.
The United Way of San Joaquin participated as the gate greeters with giveaways ranging from McDonald’s Free Fruit Smoothie coupons to General Mills boxes of food. Andy Prokop, CEO of United Way commented, “ We saw thousands of families enter the S.J. Fair gates and we were able to connect with many of them. We made a lot of children and the parents very happy. Our participation in the Fair raised over $2,000 for United Way of San Joaquin County.”
Fair attendees had many positive comments on the look of the grounds which had a complete makeover with grandstand, livestock barns and all the fairgrounds buildings sporting fresh coats of paint. Some were adorned with hand-painted historical murals from Bank of Stockton archives and the Port of Stockton.
The Junior Livestock Auction was the culmination of a year’s project activities for 4-H and FFA members, showcasing nearly 900 animals from rabbits, goats, and turkeys to sheep, swine and cattle.
The Read and Ride program was well received in it’s first year with nearly 200 children in grades K- 8 who read two (2) books and received two (2) free carnival ride tickets cosponsored by the SJ County Office of Education and San Joaquin A+.