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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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