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And the Millionth Visitor is Eric Gilligand of Rancho Bernardo

Released: June 19, 2016

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The 2016 San Diego County Fair Welcomes One Million Guests!

(And with one more week, attendance records will go “MAD!”)

DEL MAR, CA – (June 25, 2016) The ticker ticked, the scanner went “MAD” and the one millionth visitor to the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons│Vons, has been crowned! It was 5:05 p.m. today and the lucky Fairgoer, Eric Gilligand from Rancho Bernardo, happened to be at the right place, at the right time, to help us celebrate reaching the one-millionth attendee! This has happened 27 times -- every year since 1989. Eric is truly “MAD ABOUT THE FAIR!”

This year we celebrated Eric with special VIP pomp and circumstance, complete with confetti cannons, noisemakers and a huge crowd of onlookers. Eric received a Lifetime Fair Admission Pass, free concert tickets of his choice for any of the remaining 2016 Fair shows, four Clubhouse admission tickets to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, four tickets to The Scream Zone, Fair food vouchers worth more than $100, and lots of Fair gifts and goodies from various Fair vendors to make it a special day for one unassuming Fair guest!

Last year's attendance was 1,503,538, one of the highest attendance records in history.

The highest attendance was reached in 2012, with 1,517,508 million. Only seven more Fair days and we’ll have our 2016 attendance figure. Could it be a another record year?

About the San Diego County Fair

Start your summer with Adventure and Imagination!
“Mad About the Fair” is the theme for the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons which will run through Monday, July 4th. The Fair will be closed Mondays (except July 4th) and the first two Tuesdays.

Make every day of the Fair a “Frabjous Day” with the Best Pass Ever! ONLY $26! Valid every day the 2016 Fair is open through July 4. Come to the Fair whenever you want and stay for as long as you like every day, “Callooh! Callay!” (Tickets for general admission are $16 per day). The Best Pass Ever is non-transferable and valid only for admission; not valid for rides, food, games, parking, or any concerts that require a separate ticket. More info at sdfair.com/bestpassever.

Let the COASTER be your designated driver to the Fair! The $17 : Fair Tripper ticket includes Fair admission and round-trip transportation using the North County Transit District’s COASTER, SPRINTER, and BREEZE. A valid NCTD, Amtrak or Compass Pass is required to ride the free shuttle to the Fairgrounds from the Solana Beach Train Station.

Share the ride, enjoy the ride

It’s party time at the Fair and the fun starts when you hit the road! Avoid the hassles of driving and limited parking. There are many alternate ways to get to the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Take an Uber or Lyft and share the ride, or take public transportation and enjoy special discounts and pricing! For more information on public transportation go to: www.sdfair.com/transportation .

Follow us on Twitter for up to date traffic and parking information: www.twitter.com/sdfair .

The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest Fairs in North America, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Visit www.sdfair.com.


For more information, please contact:
Linda Zweig
(858) 792-4262
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