June 13, 2003

Come one, Come all it is the San Diego County Fair

Greeting fair goers will be the Queen’s court including
Miss National City, Yvonne Torres and Miss San Ysidro, Lisette Diaz

Del Mar Fairgrounds — Cruise on down to the 2003 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and discover what the “Commotion by the Ocean” is all about! From the beaches to the desert, and Los Angeles to Tijuana, the fair is the largest celebration in all of San Diego.

In conjunction with this year’s theme, “Commotion by the Ocean,” the 2003 Fair will celebrate the sights, sounds and treasures the ocean brings to the people of San Diego, combined with the fun and excitement that can only be found at the San Diego County Fair.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to become underwater voyagers and learn about the techniques used to explore the depths of the ocean through the fair’s partnership with the Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The unique Oceanside Exploration Exhibit will provide a multisensory experience of life under the sea. The exhibit is located in the Activity Center.

Visitors can chart a course through the fabulous “Fanta-Sea” floral displays at the Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower & Garden Show which spotlights award-winning topiaries depicting sea creatures such as dolphins and seahorses on a coral reef.

Displays and demonstrations with a marine theme can be discovered in all of the major exhibitions including Design in Wood, Photography/Photojournalism, e.Arts 2003, Fine Art, Flower & Garden, Gems & Minerals. A special division has been created in the Photography/Photojournalism department titled “Above and Beneath the Sea” for underwater and ocean photographs. The Gems & Minerals Show will highlight special jewelry categories for “gems from the deep” including pearls, coral and abalone.

Open and junior livestock exhibits including sheep, llamas, rabbits, pigs, goats and steers, as well as other exciting animal events like the swifty swine racing pigs, will take place in the barn areas. Got (Camel) Milk? See how camels are milked, and why camel milk is the preferred beverage for washing down those deep-fried Twinkies and Snickers that are being introduced this year.

The Chevrolet Del Mar Arena is the place to be for exciting monster truck races, PRO-AM bull riding, the BMX/Motorcycle Expo, demolition derby and horse shows.

Drench the whole family in fun! Walk through a life-size inflatable gray whale, scuba dive or watch professional divers plunge into a 7,000-gallon saltwater tank full of live sharks, in the Infield near Kiddie Land.

Offering everything from rock ‘n roll and jazz to hypnotism and magic, nearly 25,000 performers will provide more than 2,500 hours of free entertainment at nine stages throughout the fairgrounds.

Headline entertainment on the Grandstand stage is scheduled for all 21 days of the Fair. From Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Ramon Ayala, to KC & The Sunshine Band and the Rockin Road House Tour, there’s a grandstand performer that everyone will want to come see.

Make a splash with family and friends, and create new and wonderful memories at the 2003 San Diego County Fair.

The Fair is one of the best family entertainment values in San Diego. Admission is $10.50 for adults, $6 for seniors 62+, and $4.50 for children 6 to 12 years. Kids under 5 are free. Parking is $7 at the fairgrounds. Shuttle service with free parking is also available.

Tuesday is Kid’s Day. Children 12-and-under are admitted to the Fair free.

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