One of the unique attributes of Solano County is the wealth of diversity we have in our people, places and attractions.
The fair will once again celebrate this bounty at the Solano County and Cities Expo, located in Exposition Hall, where fairgoers can get a glimpse of our entire county all in one location. Each of the seven cities in the county, along with the county itself, will have a display booth to show off the attributes that make them a unique and great place to work, live and play.
The booths come together as a collaborative effort of government, business, cultural organizations, museums, tourism bureaus and other groups. These partnerships direct the design and presentation of the booths with a focus on the icons and attributes that are distinct to each city and the county.
The main thoroughfare for the expo this year has been dubbed The Solano Highway in a playful nod to the fair’s theme, Cruisin’ the County. In the center of the “highway” will be a special exhibit brought to the fair in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
This year the state park system celebrates its sesquicentennial – 150-year anniversary – and is sharing its history through a variety of events and exhibits throughout the state. One of these exhibits is a traveling display celebrating the people and places that have been an important part of the creation and continuation of the California State Parks system. As part of this exhibit, the fair will also showcase the two state parks located in Solano County, the Benicia State Capitol and Benicia State Recreation Area, as well as Brannan Island Recreation Area, which is located just outside of the county near Rio Vista.
Fairgoers will be invited to participate in choosing the People’s Choice Award for their favorite booth in the Solano County and Cities Expo by filling out a short form and ballot at an adjacent booth staffed by volunteers from Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.
CASA of Solano County advocates for abused, neglected and other identified children within the court system, with the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and stable home. CASA’s participation in the fair has allowed the organization to recruit new volunteers, generate public awareness of its mission and educate the community on how it can help with the needs of abused and neglected children.
This is the fifth year the fair has partnered with CASA to coordinate the People’s Choice Awards ballot, building a mutually beneficial partnership for both organizations founded upon the common ground of making life better for children.