Proof of the Success of the 76th California Mid-State Fair • Paso Robles Press


The 2023 California Mid-State Fair will be held July 19-30, 2023

PASO ROBLES – The 76th Annual California Mid-State Fair returned for 12 full days of fun July 20-31 under the motto “Full Speed ​​Ahead!”

In addition to the usual attractions of 4-H and FFA exhibitors, carnival rides, exhibitions, food, shopping and live music – the fair was also highlighted by a new dance area called La Cantina and saw the actual construction of an on-site Tiny Home, that was donated to Operation WEBS.

CEO Colleen Bojorquez said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the results of the show. The staff and board have worked extremely hard to get it back to a 100 per cent normal trade fair and we feel we have achieved that. The response from the community with the large turnout was overwhelming and proved that people were ready to experience one of the great traditions of San Luis Obispo County. It was a dream for us to see so many smiling faces.”


livestock auctions

Revenue from the 2022 livestock auctions brought in $2,469,341 for 731 animals (unofficial). Of this, $667,250 came from the Replacement Heifer Sale and $1,802,091 from the Junior Livestock Auction. Add-ons close on August 7th, so auction totals will increase after August 8th. The total revenue generated is slightly higher than last year – a great testament to our community.


The concerts in Chumash’s main grandstand were brought back to life with over 89,000 guests attending the performances, a staggering number not seen since 2017, a year that saw two sold-out Garth Brooks concerts. The biggest attractions this year were a sold out concert by Kane Brown, Santana, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker, Journey, Los Tigres del Norte and John Fogerty.


This year’s auction raised a staggering $191,000 – for 59 projects – the most revenue ever raised in a single year. Thanks to the generous support of the community, over $940,000 has been raised since the auction began over 22 years ago.


Total attendance was over 310,000 (unofficially), a 42.5 percent increase over last year’s modified show. While calculating the official ticket numbers will take several weeks, the fair would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended and/or attended the 2022 fair.


Helm and Sons Amusements, Inc. of Colton, California, had total sales of nearly $1,600,000, a 16 percent increase over 2021.


There were 6,206 entries between adults and youth, which was significantly higher than last year’s 4,250. The number of exhibitors between adults and young people has doubled this year (1,091) compared to the previous year (560).


Just over 50 food and beverage (non-alcoholic) suppliers reported gross receipts of just over $3 million, a figure that far exceeded previous shows.

The 2023 California Mid-State Fair will be held July 19-30, 2023


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