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The swing ride is among the primary attractions at the San Diego County Fair, where attendees enjoyed the sunset from above the crowds on the evening of June 23. (Photo by Bella Ross)

Visitors savor return of San Diego County Fair after pandemic lockdown

Bella Ross June 30, 2021
Long lines and big crowds have become almost as integral to the San Diego County Fair experience as fried foods. But this year’s event is like no other.

San Diego County Fair delayed to 2021

North Coast Current April 14, 2020
The San Diego County Fair will skip 2020, organizers announced Tuesday, April 14. The fair had been scheduled to run June 5 to July 5.
Sue Satterlee of Vista won first place for her dried dill and second place for her firecrackers in the Home and Hobby contest at this year’s San Diego County Fair. (Photo by Lauren J. Mapp)

Encinitas, Carlsbad residents shine in County Fair culinary contests

Lauren J. Mapp July 6, 2019
Jars of jam, bottles of liqueurs, cookies, cakes and more lined the walls of the Del Mar Fairgrounds grandstand complex during the annual San Diego County Fair as it came to a close last week. The Home and Hobby contest drew in hundreds of competitors to more than 100 categories this year.
Emergency lights. (Ariel Camilo, FreeImages)

Health officials investigate E.coli exposures linked to San Diego fair animals, which led to child’s death

North Coast Current June 30, 2019
Four children were sickened, leading to one death, after exposure to E.coli from contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair, county health officials reported in a statement June 29.
Summertime family surfing. (Photo by Filios Sazeides, Unsplash)

Cool on the Coast: Usher in summer this June with events in Encinitas, Del Mar, Carlsbad

Antonio Pequeño IV June 11, 2019
Your roundup of events in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar and the San Diego region.
Summertime family surfing. (Photo by Filios Sazeides, Unsplash)

Cool on the Coast: Celebrate summer’s start with these June events

Michele Leivas June 22, 2018
Your monthly roundup of events in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Oceanside, Escondido and the region.
Summertime family surfing. (Photo by Filios Sazeides, Unsplash)

Cool on the Coast: Beat June gloom with county fair, local arts and more

Michele Leivas June 8, 2017
Your monthly roundup of events in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Oceanside and Escondido.
San Diego County Fair Student Showcase Coordinator Neil Bruington stands among hundreds of entries July 6 as the fair season closes at the venue in Del Mar. Bruington is retiring this summer. (Photo by Michele Leivas)

County Fair’s Student Showcase says farewell to Neil Bruington

Michele Leivas July 13, 2016
San Diegans bid a fond farewell to this year’s San Diego County Fair, from the bacon-wrapped fried everything to the rides and games. This year, the Student Showcase says a more heartfelt goodbye to its coordinator, Neil Bruington.
The San Elijo Lagoon is pictured in January looking north from the gateway of former settling ponds. (Courtesy photo by Janie DeCelles)

San Elijo Lagoon nursery effort gets $8K boost from Garden Club

North Coast Current June 2, 2015

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s effort to build a native plant nursery received a boost recently in the form of an $8,000 grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. The Garden Club doled out $50,000...

Becky Cox and her grandson, John Peterson, admire the intricate details of “Star Trek” models June 19 used in “The Next Generation” TV series. The ships are part of Star Trek: The Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Set phasers to stunned: Fair hosts ‘Star Trek’ museum

Ken Pagano June 29, 2013

Don’t beam the sets and props up yet, Scotty. Star Trek: The Exhibition will be docked with the San Diego County Fair through July 4. Trekkers and Trek fans alike have the chance to boldly stroll...

A San Diego County Fair 2012 exit poll indicated nearly half of the 1.5 million fairgoers who attended last year also visited the competition showcases, according to Student Showcase Coordinator Neil Bruington. (North Coast Current photo illustration)

County Fair competitions draw thousands of participants

Paige Nelson June 3, 2013

Inside the Grandstand at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, volunteers sort through an array of colorful jams brought in by entrant Star Slipock. Slipock has been making her homemade jams for 41 years and entering...

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