A few short months ago, planning for the best San Diego County Fair yet was well underway. Now, the community’s beloved Fairgrounds faces potential closure without the emergency funding it desperately needs to survive this crisis. From creating cherished family memories and generating $680 million in economic impact, to serving as an essential evacuation site during wildfires and providing nearly 4,000 full-time-equivalent jobs, losing the Fairgrounds would leave a giant void in San Diego as we know it.
Although the Fairgrounds is owned by the State of California, its operations are entirely self-funded, meaning it relies on event revenues to operate. With the postponement or cancellation of all events over the past 3+ months including the 2020 San Diego County Fair, its revenue streams have been severely depleted. Without the requested $20 million in relief aid from the State of California to get through this rough patch, the Fairgrounds will potentially have to close its doors.