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Contact: Katie Marzullo
Direct Line 949-257-9089

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2024

2024 Fair Board of Directors

Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz County Fair is pleased to announce its 2024 Board of Directors and leadership.

Rachel Wells is serving as the new President of the Board.

“I’m honored to have been elected Board President by my colleagues, and I’m looking forward to a successful and positive year. I’ve been attending the Santa Cruz County Fair my entire life, including years of competing in the horse show, and I’m very proud to serve on the board and ensure the success and sustainability of the fair and fairgrounds. As a north county resident, I’m also looking forward to expanding our reach and welcoming more community members to the

fairgrounds. I hope you’ll join us for fair-time, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and other exciting events at the fairgrounds. Please feel free to reach out to me at //wells@santacruzcountyfair.com"> at any time,” says Wells.

Dana McCrae has been elected Vice President.

“Serving on the Fair Board is a distinct honor.  I look forward to supporting our new Board President, Rachel Wells, in achieving the goals she sets for the year. 2024 is going to be another great year for our Santa Cruz County Fair,” says McCrae.

We thank past president, Mike Pruger, for his service to the Board. He has decided to pass the torch.

“After serving on the board for the past eight years, I feel it is time to move on. I thank all the Volunteers, Board Members and Staff for all their hard work these past months and feel confident the fair is in good hands to move forward,” says Pruger.

To meet the full board and see upcoming meeting agendas, please visit the Fair website www.santacruzcountyfair.com. The 2024 Fair promises to entertain and delight fairgoers! Soon, we’ll be announcing the theme and exciting new events and concerts!

For interview opportunities, please contact Ron Haedicke at or 831-419-8517.

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 2024 Fair will be held September 11-15, 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 santacruzcountyfair.com

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Contact: Katie Marzullo
Direct Line 949-257-9089

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2024

2024 Fair Theme Contest Underway

Watsonville, CA – New year, new theme! It’s time for The Santa Cruz County Fair Annual Fair Theme Contest!

The Fairgrounds invites the community to submit theme ideas that reflect the vibrant spirit of our diverse community. The theme should also touch on one or more of the following topics: Youth in Agriculture, Crafting and Arts in Santa Cruz, Stepping into the Future, Coastal Life or Celebrating Agriculture.

The winner will receive four complimentary tickets to the 2024 Santa Cruz County Fair and a complimentary parking pass.

The deadline for entries is January 9th at 5pm.

Please submit by email to: 
Or in-person/mail to:
Santa Cruz County Fair, Theme Contest
2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076

The 2024 Santa Cruz County Fair will be held September 11th -15th.

For more information on the Fair, year-round entertainment and event venue rentals… please visit www.santacruzcountyfair.com.

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Contact: Ron Haedicke
Direct Line (831) 419-8517

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2023

Shop ‘til You Drop at the Holiday Craft and Gift Fair

Watsonville, CA - We have the perfect solution for that impossible-to-shop-for person in your life… the 46th annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair! This two-day event features an abundance of shopping options and much, much more!

The Fair takes place this weekend, December 1st and 2nd  at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. It’s the perfect place to shop local. 125 vendors will be selling unique and handmade gifts, everything from clothes to candles… plus food and candy. And, fair goers can keep up their shopping energy with a home cooked dinner and hot apple pie.

During the two days of the Holiday Fair, attendees can walk through Holiday Lights. It’s an extra special opportunity to see all the lights on foot and take lots of photos—aka, selfies. You might even encounter Santa himself!

Let’s review… unique shopping options, a homemade meal and Holiday Lights! What mall can offer all that?

Holiday Craft and Gift Fair:
December 1st and 2nd
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Noon - 9pm
Walk-through of Holiday Lights starting at 5:30pm

And remember, Holiday Lights continues through December 24th.

Driving tours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 5:30pm (with the exception of Dec. 1st and 2nd, when it’s walk-through only)

For ticket prices and more... please visit: https://fairgrounds-foundation.org/

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Contact: Ron Haedicke
Direct Line (831) 419-8517

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2023

Holiday Lights Opens TONIGHT!

Watsonville, CA – Sparkle, charm, whimsy and tradition… Holiday Lights, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, is the must-see event of the holiday season!

The 4th annual Holiday Lights kicks off tonight!

This incredible light display features TWO MILLION lights! You'll be dazzled as you drive a 3/4 mile loop around the fairgrounds... passing through a magical world where everything from Santa Claus to tractors are brought to life in lights. This year, there will be a snow globe display inspired by the artwork of a local 4th grader. Attendees can stay warm and snuggly in their car and listen to a special Holiday Lights radio station while soaking up all the spectacular lights.

Holiday Lights is made possible by the Fair Foundation and Ag History Project.

Holiday Lights:

November 24th - December 24th
Driving tours - Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 5:30pm

Holiday Craft and Gift Fair:
December 1st and 2nd
Noon - 9pm
Walk-through of Holiday Lights starting at 5:30pm

For ticket prices and more... please visit: https://fairgrounds-foundation.org/