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Gold Country Fair

1273 High Street

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."


Jay Dee

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
It's a nice multi-use facility it's too bad that so many trees have died and all that logging was down there it's kind of changed the whole entire feel of the place I've seen as well as worked (volunteered )many events there. Always nice people but that seems to be the status quo in the area that's the best concert venue but it's worth seeing there it's quite cozy

Max Threlkeld

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Smaller fairground venue located in Auburn California. It seems that about every weekend something is happening here. From the Mandarin festival to the local fair. Most events are relatively inexpensive to attend. Close to old Auburn, near some good resturants and shops.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
All kinds of fun and cool stuff happens there. It is remarkable to see your whole community have fun together at once. 😁

Eli Thompson

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Miss and i went for a free concert so we didn't see more than the stage area. Looks like a pretty small venue overall. The metal seating for the stage was not bolted down so it kept moving every time a person got up or sat down, or when an inebriated person ran into it.

Maria isabel Recio

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Its a good experience for someine like myself who's not so western. But the Rodeo was fun to watch and seeing the animals not get hurt was a pleasant surprise. Would go again.

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