DEL MAR, CA — The San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, wrapped up the 22-day event with an all-time attendance record of 1,412,113 guests who enjoyed the “Race To The Fair” theme, attractions, shows, exhibits, food and rides. The previous attendance record was 1,338,500, set in 2010.
The largest one-day attendance during the 2011 San Diego County Fair was 88,767 on Sunday, July 3, the seventh biggest day ever. The largest single-day attendance ever was 101,867 on Friday, July 3, 1998.
"We want to thank everyone in San Diego for all of their support and for coming to the 2011 San Diego County Fair because this is their Fair," said Tim Fennell, CEO and General Manager of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. "We are pleased we broke our all time attendance record once again, making Fair history during a still-sluggish economy. Because of these challenging
times, we were proud to present a venue that provided a great value for our guests. The Fair is really about the people and teamwork that run this event year after year. Thanks again to those who were able to 'Race To The Fair,' as we could not have done it without you."
The San Diego County Fair is the sixth largest fair in the nation and is the largest event in San Diego County.
Some preliminary numbers are in for the 2011 San Diego County Fair. Final revenue and numbers will be available in about one week.
Food Facts (pending…)
Deep-Fried Kool Aid — 100,000 sold
Deep-Fried Oreos — 40,000 sold
Deep-Fried Klondike Bars — 10,000 sold
Deep-Fried Brownies — 15,000 sold
Deep-Fried Twinkies — 14,000 sold
Deep-Fried Avocados — 20,000 sold
Deep-Fried Frog Legs — 20,000 sold
Deep-Fried Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwiches — 6,000 sold
Deep-Fried Girl Scout Cookies — 1,000 boxes used
Deep-Fried Butter — 4,000 sold
Chocolate-Covered Corn Dogs — 3,
Chocolate Covered Bacon — 40,000 pieces
Meatball Sliders — 5500 sold
Beach Tacos — 4200 sold
Deep Fried Corn On The Cob — 450
Hash Dog — 1110 sold
Sweet Potato Dog — 950 sold
Additional Food Information:
Pink’s debut at the Fair was a smash hit! Pink’s sold over 20,000 hot dogs, with the Bacon Chili Cheese Dog and the Martha Stewart Dog as the runaway best sellers.
The Burger Joint used 5,000 pounds of ground beef, 17,500 pounds of potatoes for curly fries, 400 gallons of gourmet sauce, 1 full pallet (400 gallons) of ketchup; 1,600 heads of lettuce, 2,500 tomatoes.
Australian Battered Potatoes used 15,000 pounds of potatoes. Those potatoes were dipped into 15,000 pounds of batter, and fried in 10,500 pounds of oil. They were topped with 100 cases of cheese sauce and a whole pallet of ranch dressing!
Fireworks America, of Lakeside, CA, designed our Fourth of July Fireworks Show.
The 20-minute display consisted of:
300 2-1/2” shells
430 3” shells
168 4” shells
116 5” shells
72 6” shells
22 8” shells
Events and Contests
198 pies consumed at the daily Pie Eating Contest
933 pieces of pie consumed at the Pie Eating Contest
16 teenagers who texted while eating pie
21 employees who participated in pie eating
987 participants in our Flag Raising program at daily Opening Ceremonies (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts)
78 Scout troops that participated in the Flag Raising Program
31 National Anthem singers at Opening Ceremonies
25 participants in the three JalapeĂ±o Pepper Eating Contests
126 jalapeĂ±os consumed at the three JalapeĂ±o Pepper Eating Contests
23 jalapeĂ±o Peppers eaten by the top winner of the three contests
51 contestants in the Father/Child Look-a-Like Contest
55 contestants in the Family Look-a-Like Contest
46 participants in Best Animal Noise Contests
164 participants in the Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
125 participants the three
Boomers & Beyond Contests
28 participants in the Ballroom Dance Contest
42 babies entered in the Baby Derby Contests
596 participants in Three O’Clock Fun
110 bands that entered the Musicpalooza Contest
112 singers that entered the Singer/Songwriter Contest
522 participants in the San Diego’s Best Dance Crew competitions
11 groups that participated in the A Cappella Contest
4 DJs in the DJ Mix-Off competition
402 zombies in the Michael Jackson Day Thriller dance
229 participants in the Learn Magic program
717 entertainment applications received
1,300 hours of entertainment booked
21,347 entertainers that performed on the eight stages
70 kids who cried when they saw the costumed Fair Mascot, Sparky
25,000 Passport To Savings coupon books were distributed
Website and social media
Fair website, www.sdfair.com: 1,012,948 visits June 1-July 4 (792,361 visits in 2010, up 27.8 percent).
Fair mobile phone website, m.sdfair.com: 113,657
visits June 1-July 4 (38,509 visits in 2010, up 195 percent).
Facebook friends: 14,056 (up from 6,114 in 2010)
Twitter followers: 2,567 (up from 1,443 in 2010)
YouTube: 60,976 views of Fair videos (up from 12,976 views in 2010)