Solano County

County fair sees attendance drop, increases in exhibits, livestock auction totals

By From page A3 | August 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — More than 39,300 people attended the 2014 Solano County Fair, a drop of 4 percent from the 2013 fair, however this year’s fair saw increases in other major categories, fair officials announced Friday.

Commercial space revenue increased by more than 9 percent and the carnival totals remained consistent with the 2013 level.

One of the fair’s biggest successes was the competitive livestock exhibits that ended with the annual Jack and Bernice Newell Junior Livestock Auction. There were 151 lots auctioned, two fewer than last year. The total raised was $108,695, up 16.1 percent from last year.

“We continue to focus our fair efforts on all things local and that is proving to be the right direction for our fair,” said fair general manager Mike Paluszak, in a press release.

Competitive exhibits also saw a 21.6 percent increase over 2013, up from 2,788 to 3,389.

“No other event showcases the talents of our community like the Solano County Fair,” said Ray Bell, a member of the Solano County Fair board of directors, in the press release. “From quilts to photography to canned goods and so much more, this year’s competitive exhibit entries represented the wealth of artistic and technical skills of the citizens of our home county.”

This year’s fair ended Sunday. The 2015 fair dates will be finalized by the board of directors in the next few months, the press release said. It’s anticipated the five-day event will again take place at the end of July through the first week of August.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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