The San Diego County Fair wrapped up its 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.”
Preliminary estimates show that the most popular food item at the fair — with 100,000 sold — was the “Deep-Fried Kool Aid.”