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For Immediate Release
July 05, 2018

County Fair Sets Fourth of July Attendance Record

In all, nearly $1.5 million in ticket revenue generated over five-day fair

San Rafael, CA – From June 30 through July 4, a total of 104,942 people passed through the ticket gates at the 77th Marin County Fair, generating $1,494,744 million in ticket revenue.

A nighttime view of a fireworks blast in the sky and the ferris wheel with green lights.Nightly fireworks and the ferris wheel were popular attractions at the five-day Marin County Fair.
The Marin County Department of Cultural Services, which manages the fair, reported 86,936 paid attendance and 8,091 comp admission tickets over the five-day fair. The biggest day was the Fourth of July, when 30,592 people celebrated the holiday at the fairgrounds, breaking single-day record set in 1984.

The fair’s theme, All for One & Fun for All, celebrated inclusiveness, equality, diversity with programming, exhibits, performances and more. Headline concerts by the Beach Boys, Los Lobos, LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Money, and Michael Franti & Spearhead entertained fairgoers each night.

Some additional post-fair statistics:

  • 9,915 children admitted free, including 6,770 on Kids Free Day

    (July 2)

  • More than 15,000 items were entered in the competitive exhibits program, from fine art to cookies and trash-to-treasure creations
  • 6,400 corn dogs sold at Rocket Dog
  • 6,300 organic lemons squeezed by Phil’s Organic Lemonade
  • 1,680 Hawaiian pineapple teriyaki bowls sold
  • 105 artworks sold in the fine art and exhibits area totaling $37,000 in art sales ($21,000 on the Fourth of July alone); the majority of the works were by Marin County artists
  • More than 91 percent waste diversion with recycling and composting efforts
  • The petting zoo featured 40 animals, from alpacas to zebus
  • 12 pigs ran a total of 60 laps in the Great American Pig Races

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Gabriella C. Calicchio
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400
Email: Gabriella C. Calicchio
Cultural Services Website