Fair's opening day draws nearly 42,000
Written by Hailey Persinger
June 9, 2012
The San Diego County Fair is already on track to break an attendance record.
More than 41,920 people passed through the gates of the 76th annual event on Friday’s opening day. The number surpasses last year’s opening count by nearly 4,000.
Fair spokeswoman Linda Zweig said opening day numbers are typically lower than average and that she expects the numbers to rise every day as the fair continues through July 4. If she’s correct, the fairgrounds will break last year’s attendance record of 1.4 million.
This year’s goal is to bring in more than 1.5 million people, Zweig said.
Last year’s average daily attendance was 64,187, the highest per-day average in the history of the fair.
The biggest single attendance day was 101,867 on July 3, 1998, when Van Halen played in front of thousands of fans at the grandstand.
Other big days for fair attendance include:
July 3, 1995, when R&B singer Brandy visited the fairgrounds. Attendance that day was 101,096.
July 3, 1992, when Richard Marx played for fans at the grandstand. That day, 98,925 people visited the fair.
July 3, 1992, when Mexican singer Lupillo Rivera played at the grandstand. His appearance helped boost attendance to 93,979.
The San Diego County Fair will be open through July 4. The fairgrounds open at 11 a.m. weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends. The fair is closed every Monday except July 2.