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Encinitas, Carlsbad residents shine in County Fair culinary contests

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)

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.

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

Emergency lights. (Ariel Camilo, FreeImages)

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.

County Fair’s Student Showcase says farewell to Neil Bruington

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)

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.

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

The San Elijo Lagoon is pictured in January looking north from the gateway of former settling ponds. (Courtesy photo by Janie DeCelles)

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 worth of grants May 28 to 11 organizations, from the conservancy and San Diego Botanic Garden...

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

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)

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 where few fans have strolled before, back in time and into the future through an interactive museum...

County Fair competitions draw thousands of participants

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)

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 them into the Home and Hobby Competition at the San Diego County Fair since 1975. “I have a who...

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