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2017 San Diego County Fair ends with patriotic flair

Released: July 05, 2017

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DEL MAR, Ca. (July 4, 2017) -- Home, home at the Fair, where the kids and the families played, there seldom was heard a discouraging word, and the skies were so blue every day.
2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons | Vons has come to a close with a total of 1,565,933 guests who ambled, tromped and sashayed through the gates between June 2 and July 4, a total of 26 days of fun. This year’s theme, Where the West is Fun, gave fairgoers a chance to strut their cowboy and cowgirl stuff and learn about how the 1880s influenced life here today. And with an attendance of more than 1.5 million, the largest county Fair in the United States is bound to have some interesting statistics to share:
2017 Statistics
• Total Attendance: 1,565,933 This is the second largest attendance in Fair history
• Largest day attendance: Sunday, July 2 – 93,874
• Largest attendance on record was 2016 at 1,609,481
Specialty Festivals:
2017 San Diego International Beer Festival welcomed 6,055 attendees over the three-day event.
2017 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition and Festival entertained 1,058 guests at two tasting sessions during the one-day event.
2017 Distilled: Spirit and Cocktail Festival hosted 652 guests at the one-day event.
Food Facts:
Australian Battered Potatoes
used more than 14,000 pounds of potatoes, 8,400 pints of oil, 240 gallons of ranch dressing, 60 cases of cheese sauce, 200 pounds of bacon, and 150 pounds of sour cream.
Bacon-A-Fair used more than 30,000 pounds of bacon this season in their various offerings. In their two new menu items, Bacon-A-Fair used 350 pounds of asparagus in their Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus. 350 pounds of pineapple were utilized for their Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Treat.
Biggie’s Meat Market used ¾ of a semi-trailer truck filled with potatoes for their Curly Fried Cone! Fairgoers devoured over 18,000 pounds of their Giant Big Ribs.
Candy Factory used 14 tanks of liquid nitrogen for their Nitro Candy Popcorn. Candy Factory popped so much popcorn, they could have filled a Chevrolet Suburban with the amount of seed they used!
Chicken Charlie sold over 30,000 Peanut Butter Meatballs, 10,000 Bacon Wrapped Chicken Legs, and close to 7,000 Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Chicken Sandwiches.
Corn Star grilled 48,000 ears of corn.
Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls used 15,000 pounds of cinnamon roll flour, and three tons of cinnamon and sugar to make their famous pastries. Those tasty rolls were covered with 1,500 pounds of cream cheese frosting and 360 pounds of walnuts. Country Fair also served more than 1,000 cinnamon roll sundaes. Fairgoers savored their dessert by enjoying 500 pounds of organic coffee flavored with 52 cases of vanilla and hazelnut creamer.
Dixie’s Donuts fried more than 281,000 mini donuts.
600 pounds of Sweet Pork and, 2,250 pounds of Pastrami were used as toppings for Grinders French Fries. They sold over 7,500 pounds of fries. Grinders also went through 400 pounds of cheese and 500 pounds of turkey breast for their sandwiches. They sold over 250 of their Ooey Gooey Apple Melt Cauliflower Sandwich.
Juicy’s sold more than 75,000 of their all-natural hormone free hamburgers – the “All American Bacon Cheeseburger” and the “Western Burger.” The debut of their new Western Jalapeno and Cheese Sausage, was successful, as over 4,000 were enjoyed by Fairgoers.
The Fair’s Premier Food Service Restaurants, including Grilled Cheese A-Fair reports that their new top item this year was the Jalapeno Popper Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich, selling over 3,000. Iron Skillet and Smoke, a new concept restaurant in the Flower and Garden Show reported great sales of the Portobello Torta, the Banh Mi (Pork Belly) Sandwich and the Smoked Baby Brie Flatbread. The Fair’s signature craft beer, the Blood Orange IPA from Hess Brewery was a smash hit. 76 kegs of the beer were consumed, which equates to over 12,000 beers.
Pignotti’s new food item was a hit – They sold over 1,000 orders of deep fried octopus! They sold well over 2,200 orders of Fish & Chips and about a thousand fish tacos. From their pasta menu – about 1,600 Ravioli on a Stick were purchased, 700 orders of Spaghetti and Meatballs were enjoyed, and over 500 Lasagna Sandwiches were sold.
Pink's sold 2,600 pounds of hot dogs and 7,500 pounds of French Fries.
Squeezers went through an entire orchard of lemons for their fresh-squeezed lemonade!
Tasti Chips used 30 tons of California-grown potatoes for chips. The chips were topped with 20,000 orders of cheese sauce and 350 pounds of Parmesan garlic cheese. Tasti Chips also served 10,000 pounds of French Fries with 1,500 gallons of Heinz Ketchup and 720 gallons of Tapatio Sauce, The chips and fries were fried in 1,000 gallons of 100% pure peanut oil.
Contests and Special Events:
Number of pies consumed at the daily Coco’s Pie Eating Contest –240
Number of pieces of pie consumed at the Coco’s Pie Eating Contest – 1072
Number of babies entered in three Baby Derby Contests - 40
Number of National Anthem singers at Opening Ceremonies – 88
Number of kids learning magic at the Abra-Kid-Abra Magic Camp – 170
Number of Scout Troops that participated in the Flag Raising at Opening Ceremonies - 140
Number of participants in our Flag Raising program at daily Opening Ceremonies (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Marines) – 1097
Number of Fun Fair patches sold for Flag Raising program – 1000
Number of participants in the Father/Child Lookalike Contest – 62
Number of pieces of bubble gum chewed in the Bubble Gum Blowing Contest – 207
Number of participants at Three O’Clock Fun contests – 890
Number of cars in the Car Shows @ the Fair – 254
Number of Photos of the Mascot taken – 2864
Number of kids who cried upon seeing the Mascot – 45
Number of magnets the Mascot gave away – 3000
In The Spotlight Competition, Youth Division – 102 applied – 10 finalists
In The Spotlight Competition, Teen Division – 98 applied – 10 finalists
Singer/Songwriter Competition - 134 applied – 10 finalists
Battle of the Bands Contest - 76 bands – 8 finalists

Top Ten Rides
Crazy Mouse
The Big Wheel
Sky Flyer
Olympic Bobs
Fast Track Slide
Alien Abduction
Rave Wave
Infield Carousel

Care N’ Share Toy Drive The yearly toy drive broke all existing records with well over 11,000 stuffed animals collected for needy children in our community.
Super Bungee An estimated 2,500 took the Bungee Plunge during the Fair. About 50 people got cold feet! The youngest jumper this year was 8; the oldest, 71.

Red, White, and Boom! Fireworks America of Lakeside California designed the 4th of July Fireworks Show. The 20-minute display consisted of
• 220 2.5” shells
• 515 3” shells
• 209 4” shells
• 122 5” shells
• 96 6” shells
• 32 8” shells
• Units of Fire (from bombardments) 1200
• Aerial Shots 2,394
68th Annual Livestock Auction
Sold at auction:
• 121 hogs @ $4.57/pound
• 74 lambs @ $9.36/pound
• 46 cattle @ $ 3.95/pound
• 53 goats @ $734.00 each
$528,1454 raised for 4-H and FFA youth
Lost & Found
• Credit Cards 147
• ID’s 94
• Wallets/Purses 116
• Jewelry 49
• Glasses 105
• Adult Clothing 80
• Kids Clothing 61
• Keys 115
• Miscellaneous 142
Of the 154 Cell Phones turned into our Guest Services Department, we have been able to return all but 26.

About the 2017 San Diego County Fair

Ride ‘em cowboys! “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons | Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair features a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on into Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opened on June 2, runs through Tuesday, July 4 and is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit sdfair.com

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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