Gold Country Fair
The mission of the 20 th District Agricultural Association is to manage our resources to insure the long-term success of the Association, and in doing so, provide a facility for our communities to celebrate the agriculture, history and culture of our district
The first organized fair was held in Auburn in 1889 and continued annually until 1902. Horse races were a major fair attraction at that time. The only evidence of the existence of those early fairs is that the street leading to the recreation park near the present location of the fairgrounds is still called "Racetrack Street". As gambling fell into disfavor with "civilized" Californians in the early 1900's, fair activities disappeared between 1903 and 1935.
When the California Legislature made funding available for the development of district agricultural fairs in the mid-1930's, local activists went to work. In 1936, Vernon McCann lead a grass roots movement charged with the formation of the 20th District Agricultural Association. Because of his tireless efforts, Mr. McCann has been called the "Father of the Auburn District Fair". A fair in Auburn has been produced annually since that time, with the exception of the war years in the 1940's.
Traditionally one of the largest and most anticipated events in Placer County, the fair enjoys tremendous support from the community. In the 1960's, when the State faced tough financial times, it was proposed that some of the less financially secure fairs be closed. The Auburn District Fair was one of the fairs targeted in that action. The community rallied around their fairgrounds, contacting legislators and petitioning the Governor's office to maintain the facility in Auburn. Based on this support, Governor Reagan and his staff removed the Auburn District Fair from the closure list. At a ceremony held at the fairgrounds in 1970, Governor Ronald Reagan proclaimed that the Auburn District Fair was "The Little Fair That Wouldn't Die."
We came here for the @pumpkinnightsfest event. I liked it. Not a huge festival but I'm sure it'll get bigger as time goes on. It was still really fun. We had great weather that night and I was in good company. I will definitely go back. Especially since they had special deals on tickets.
All real crafters! No commercial vendors. Very skill crafters. All items very well made. A must event for me every holiday season!
You're in a nice parking lot you know that it's kind of very old asphalt so it's really almost like gravel so if you're in a wheelchair of push wheelchair I would never go again I'm going to push wheelchair and I won't go again then and you've got 50 feet to walk in and it's down the hill that goes down about 20 feet in 50 ft of room it's horrible so you've got to have someone with you so you don't go downhill out of control it's horrible definitely definitely not a ADA compliant... and that is the only reason why I only gave it two Stars
Two part review: As for the Fair itself, it's a load of fun at an affordable price. Family friendly at it's core, it makes for a good experience to visit for a night and see the attractions. One issue though: the camels didn't have water for an extended period of time, because when the kids lined up for camel ride, the water barrel was bone dry, and the handler had to fill up the barrel for BOTH camels, and let them drink before they could be ridden. That does NOT seem acceptable to let any animal go that long without water, regardless of the reason. Second part: As an amateur photographer that participated in exhibiting my photography along with many others, I'm EXTREMELY disappointed in the handling of some of the pieces exhibited. I do not speak for myself, I speak for my significant other who I feel was wronged. We both entered 6 pieces to be exhibited, and when we dropped off our photographs they were all in pristine condition. All photos were framed and sealed in plastic. When we returned a week later to see them in the fair, we were sore to find several of her photos had bent and/or damaged frames, essentially ruining them making them not suitable for future exhibits. One was even unsealed for some reason. But the biggest issue was one photo was missing. After spending 30 mins in the exhibit hall looking for her missing photograph (her BEST photograph out of the 6 she entered), we realized the photograph was actually missing. No one was around to ask about it though, so we waited until we came back to pick up our exhibits. The photograph was still missing, so we picked up our judged pieces and went to the office next door to talk to them about it. The person we spoke to was friendly and understanding of our concerns and grievances, and informed us the photos were stored in a separate room all together while being arranged in the exhibit hall. The assumption was that it may have gotten lost or left elsewhere on accident, but none of the people who set up the event or photos were available to talk to. They took our names and phone number, and we even forwarded the missing photograph to their email so they could know what to look for. Fast forward to next week, there was no communication to us about anything. We reached out in email, appreciative and inquiring if anyone had been talked to, and received a curt 4 word reply. Her photo is STILL missing and I'm disappointed with the level of attention that this matter hasn't received. This was our first time we had ever exhibited or entered any of our photographs to be judged, and were simply excited to see our work on display. Therefore, her first experience was marred with this, and she was potentially cheated out of a chance to have her art judged. We will not let this experience keep us from entering other fairs or contests, but we are fairly certain we won't return to here as exhibitors. My conclusion: this is a great place to bring the whole family and have fun, with a great atmosphere. But beware if you choose to enter expensive art pieces to be judges, lest they get ruined or damaged.
My family try to go there every year for the fair. It's a wonderful gathering of the community. A lot of things to see. The rides are pretty fun. It's always a blast for the kids.