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Tania Cotta of Encinitas (courtesy photo)

Fab Fair Hits 1M visitors in 2014

Del Mar CA – The ticker ticked, the scanner scanned and the one millionth visitor to the 2014 San Diego County Fair, Fab Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, has been crowned! It was 4:18 p.m. and the lucky Fairgoer, Tania Cotta from Encinitas, who happened to be at the right place, at the right time, received all of the pomp and circumstance of British Royalty. “I was wondering what was going on when I walked through the gate because there were so many Fair workers lined up, and then WOW,” says Cotta. After confetti cannons burst and blow horns sounded, Cotta was adorned with Fair regalia and a slew of special gifts as the Fair staff and onlookers jammed to “Happy.” “My best friend, Nicole, and I wanted to visit the Fair today to ride rides, eat our favorite Fair food, and just hang out, and then this happened. I never win anything… I am so thankful for your generosity.”

This year – for the first time ever – the millionth fairgoer who passed through our gates received a Lifetime Fair Admission Pass, Fair Food vouchers worth more than $100, free concert tickets of their choice for any of the remaining shows, VIP tickets to The Big Bite Bacon Fest on July 5, tickets to Professional Bull Riding on August 16, and gifts from various vendors including a 4-burner Coleman grill, which retails for $700, courtesy of Carddine Home Resort Products (Julian Sanchez).

Very few county fairs top a million visitors each season, but that is NOT the case for the San Diego County Fair. In fact, not only did we surpass one million fairgoers today, but the ticker also brought the Fair past the 50 million mark (since attendance records were kept starting in 1947) with today’s milestone. Last year’s attendance was more than 1.4 million, and we have reached the million mark every year since 1989.

About the San Diego County Fair

Here comes the FUN! “The Fab Fair” is the theme for the 2014 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, paying tribute to the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago in United States and around the world. The 2014 Fair features British Pop Culture, music and exhibitions NEVER BEFORE seen in California. The Summer starts with Food, Fun and Frolic at the 2014 San Diego County Fair!

The Fair runs now through Sunday, July 6; closed on June 30. The fun continues after July 4th! The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.4 million visitors annually. Admission is $14 for adults; $8 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. For more information visit, www.sdfair.com.

Get the Best Pass Ever season pass for $24 at the Fairgrounds Box Office and online at: www.sdfair.com. The Fair Tripper ticket includes round-trip transportation using the North County Transit District’s COASTER, SPRINTER, and BREEZE plus Fair admission for only $15. Late night trains north and south every day of the Fair. Details at: www.sdfair.com/transportation.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces four events each year: The San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com