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April 6, 2014

Watsonville, CA – Within the past few days a Sacramento Appellate Court upheld a lower court ruling which, in 2012, had dismissed all challenges to the right of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to continue hosting rodeos.

At the time each point made by the plaintiffs, Citizens for Environmental Responsibility, citing pollution, noise, and the need to conduct a full environmental review of the rodeo, was negated in the earlier ruling.  The trial court had found no negative environmental damage or danger to the public as a result of a rodeo held in the fall of 2011.  The Appellate Court has now also affirmed that equestrian events such as the Stars of Justice Rodeo held that year fit within the historical uses of the Fairgrounds.

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February 25, 2014

Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and their neighbors - represented by CAFA, the Community Alliance for Fairgrounds Accountability, have a reason to smile with the announcement that an agreement which reduces noise impacts generated by Ocean Speedway has been reached.

Fairgrounds manager David Kegebein explained “Over the last few years we have spent more than one year’s speedway rental income on legal fees.  We need to have and support a broad range of recreational and educational activities on the grounds however we can’t let one activity drive the Fairgrounds into financial ruin.  This agreement is welcome news for us all.”

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February 3, 2014

Watsonville, CA – The next order of business for the Santa Cruz County Fair Management Team is to find an area artist to create the poster artwork for the 2014 Fair.

Artists wishing to offer their conceptualized ideas on the theme are encouraged to visit the Fair’s website santacruzcountyfair.com and click on the “Poster Artist Wanted” banner. The concept selected will earn the artist a monetary prize along with the fame associated with creating the annual poster art.

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November 27, 2013

Watsonville, CA – Hot on the boot heels of the very successful 2013 Santa Cruz County Fair the volunteer management team wasted no time starting the planning for 2014. First order of business, a theme.

Theme suggestions were solicited at the volunteer dinner held early October and from those suggestions the Fair department heads selected “Sew it  Grow it  Show it!”  This theme was crafted by Livestock Department Co Chair Dawn White.  The theme will inspire the often award winning poster art and be used by the various departments to build the displays that attract an increasing number of fairgoers each year.

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth.  The 2014 Fair will be held September 9-14 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.  Information on the Fair, and the Fairgrounds - a year round entertainment and event venue, can be found at www.santacruzcountyfair.com

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September 17, 2013

Watsonville, CA – “What a great Fair!”  And it wasn’t just the hundreds of volunteers who made the 2013 Santa Cruz County Fair possible who were saying it.  Facebook posts, tweets, email messages, comments to the Fair’s survey team, even bits of conversation caught out on the grounds all could be distilled into one visitor’s comment “What a great Fair, the best one ever!”

The numbers confirm that it was also one of the most popular Fairs ever.  “We don’t have attendance figures quite yet, still counting” said Fair manager Dave Kegebein who added, “But we do know that revenue was up over 11 percent and our group of vendors did even better than that showing more than a 20 percent increase over last year.”

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September 13, 2013

Santa Cruz County Company Supplies Innovative Lighting Systems

Watsonville, CA – There is something instantly recognizable about the distinctive outline on the horizon of a county fair carnival.  The Ferris Wheel usually gives it away, especially at night.  Brass Ring Amusements’ “Midway of Fun” at the Santa Cruz County Fair is noticeably brighter and that comes at a surprisingly lower energy cost and impact on the environment.

Harry Mason, owner of Brass Ring Amusements, explains “We’re happily going green and have already replaced 80% of the old incandescent light bulbs with new LED style bulbs.  In some cases, we have swapped out entire lighting systems in favor of the more energy efficient lights.  The Century Wheel, our Ferris Wheel, used to consume more than 100 amps of electricity but now only uses 12.5 amps.  This has reduced our energy consumption dramatically, and therefore reduces our carbon footprint.”

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September 11, 2013

Watsonville, CA - As Fair visitors walk over to the livestock area, most probably expect to see pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, and other familiar fair animals. But camels? New to the Santa Cruz County Fair, visitors will have the chance to ride these animals that are normally found in the desert.

For $5 per person, Fairgoers will be able to take two laps around a track with the camels. The track will be located between the Pig Race Track and the Livestock Show Arena. The ride includes an opportunity to stop for a photo op. Two or three people can ride one of the camels at a time, depending on the amount of space available on the saddle. The weight of the riders does not matter much, as camels are incredibly strong beasts of burden. In fact, one camel is capable of carrying half of its body weight!

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September 11, 2013

Watsonville, CA – With roots back to the early days of Fairs in Santa Cruz County, the Apple Pie Contest Kicked off the 2013 Santa Cruz County Fair deliciously on Tuesday.  The first local fairs in the 1800’s were known as Apple Annuals and that tie to the Pajaro Valley’s history is alive and well in the pride bakers bring to the modern Fair each year.

After all the judging, the contest, which is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Farm Bureau, announced winners in three divisions.

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