First Ever Opening Night Gala


Contact: Steve Stagnaro
Direct Line 408-354-5145

September 1, 2013

Watsonville, CA – “If you’re not doing something new and exciting, you’re not putting on a great Fair.” The Opening Night Gala lives up to Fair Manager Dave Kegebein’s vision of a great Fair.

The Gala is the brainchild of volunteer management team member Jonathan Barr and promises a dazzling evening to kick off the county’s signature late summer event. Guests will enjoy a delicious array of appetizers, wines, fine chocolates and a full no host bar. The tasty delights will be provided by restaurants and caterers including Shadowbrook, Kiss Catering, Marich Fine Chocolates and Handheld Catering. “Bill the Oyster Man,” Bill Callahan from Santa Cruz, will be shucking fresh oysters at his raw oyster bar.  The evening will be filled with other special treats promises organizers.

“In addition to giving the Fair Family a place to gather on opening night, the Gala is designed to attract newcomers to the Fair and those who might not have been for a while” said Barr. He added “It’s a great way to celebrate how important the Fair is to the community and a chance to showcase the wonderful historic buildings and beautiful facilities we have. The Opening Night Gala is, in part, a celebration of our community spirit. All are welcome!”

Tickets are available online for $75 by going to and include valet parking, a private entrance to the Fairgrounds, admission to the Fair and the Gala. Proceeds will benefit local youth groups and the Heritage Foundation.

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