Del Mar Fair

FIND YOUR INNER COWBOY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

June 24, 2017 (Del Mar) – Whether you’re hankering to watch a Wild West shootout, taste a bacon-wrapped cactus or sip a glass of Screamin’ Chief 4th Alarm grand cuvee wine, you’ll find plenty to  hold your attention at the 2017 San Diego County Fair at Del Mar.

This year’s theme is “How the West was won.”   So we started our visit by moseying through a tunnel to Frontier Town, which is here until July 2. The fair itself runs through the 4th of July.

FOWL PLAY: TURKEY RACING AT THE COUNTY FAIR

By Nadin Abbott

Photos, Tom Abbott, Video Nadin Abbott

View video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i46r-s8qyAQ&feature=youtu.be

June 12, 2013 (San Diego)— Here's some entertainment that's strictly for the birds. Nancy and Gil Riegler, owners of the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, are holding turkey races at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar--as well as  an exotic bird show.

So how do they get the turkeys to race?

GAME ON AT THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2013 (San Diego) -- East County Magazine took a sneak-preview tour of the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, which opens June 8 and runs through July 4.  "Game on" is the theme at this year's fair, featuring classic game shows--and some "gamey" fare for tasting.

Highlights from East County featured at this year's fair include the ever-popular Firefighters Demolition Derby on opening day, June 8 (when you can also take in a Beach Boys concert) and a Wine Festival June 15 where you can savor the fruits of labors from many local vineyards and wineries.

Whetting our appetites, our team of "East County Eaters" sampled an array of fair foods from chocolate-dipped bacon to deep-fried pickles.  The dish that got a thumbs up from our voracious eaters? Wild boar kebobs. (Photo right) View their video "review" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBCMwQTvKLc&feature=youtu.be.

OUT OF THIS WORLD AT THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

Mayan Avitable, Nadin Abbott, and Serena Scaglione also contributed to this report

June 10, 2012 (San Diego County) – It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. So we took a team of our reporters and photographers to a media night preview of the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, which opened yesterday.  We watched bungee jumpers, an acrobatic dog, and 4-H kids with pigs and goats. We savored our fill of fair food. Plus we met up with some East County participants--including Chief Don Butz and the Viejas firefighters, who showed off the shark-toothed, souped-up car they will be driving in the demolition derby on June 16.

Here are our helpful hints and highlights for your fair-going enjoyment this season:  

SMASHIN’ AND CRASHIN’ AT THE DEL MAR FAIR: EAST COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS SCORE WINS IN DEMOLITION DERBY

Finale at Viejas Fire-Safe Expo proves a bang-up hit with crowd
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Lemon Grove Firefighters scored a victory in the Firefighters Demolition Derby, held June 19th at the Del Mar Fair. Viejas, sponsor of the event to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute, took second in the action-packed event.

The Firefighters Demolition Derby has been a long-standing tradition in East County, dating back to the days of the old Cajon Speedway. The event disappeared when the Speedway shut down in 2005—until now, when Viejas resurrected the Derby and brought it to Del Mar. View our videos of the derby’s opening and final round segments.