Orange County Fair Canceled for the First Time in Over 70 Years

For 130 years, the Orange County Fair has brought joy to the lives of Southern California residents. For seven decades, it has done so without interruption. But on Monday, the O.C. Fair & Event Center board voted unanimously to cancel the fair for the first time since WWII.

“The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health care and government officials about the status of the coronavirus pandemic and the improbability that mass gatherings like the OC Fair could safely and responsibly take place this summer,” according to a statement from fair officials.

Board Chair Sandra Cervantes said the spirit of the fair would continue “with virtual fair concepts such as contests, competitions, entertainment and concessions to bring the fair experience to guests through ocfair.com and social media.” Those who have already purchased tickets for concerts and Super Passes should visit ocfair.com/refunds.

The fair’s cancellation is a heavy loss for Orange County and Costa Mesa, both in terms of revenue and morale. The event attracts over 1.3 million people every summer. Revenue comes out to $350 million a year.


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