2012 San Diego County Fair sets attendance record, according to officials

For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego County Fair, held in Del Mar, set an all-time attendance record, according to fair officials. During the 24-day event, 1,517,508 guests enjoyed the “Out Of This World “ theme, attractions, shows, exhibits, food and rides. The previous attendance record, 1,412,113, was set in 2011. (At 24 days, the fair was open for two more days than usual this year.)

The largest one-day attendance during the 2012 Fair was 92,407 on the final day, Wednesday July 4. It was the fifth highest crowd in Fair history. 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 2012 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 join us for an ‘Out Of This World’ time as we could not have done it without you.”

The San Diego County Fair is the sixth largest fair in the nation and is the largest event in San Diego County. Final revenue and numbers will be available in about one week.

Preliminary numbers for the 2012 San Diego County Fair “Out Of This World”:

Food Facts (pending a final accounting, all estimated)

•Deep Fried Oreos, 60,000 sold

•Deep Fried Pineapple Rings, 20,000 sold

•Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly, 15,000 sold

•Deep Fried Cereal Bars, 10,000 sold

•Belly Buster Burgers, 180,000 sold

•Deep Fried Green Beans, 1,200 sold

•Sweet Potato Tater Tots, 700 sold

•Beach Fries, 900 sold

•Meatball Sliders, 4,300 sold

•Beach Tacos, 4,800 sold

Additional Food Information:

• Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls used more than 10,000 pounds of whole-wheat cinnamon roll mix this year, and 3,000 pounds of cream cheese - that translates to 5,000 pounds of cream-cheese icing! Country Fair also brewed more than 200 pounds of coffee.

• Australian Battered Potatoes used 15,000 pounds of potatoes this year. Those potatoes were dipped into 15,000 pounds of batter, and fried in 10,500 pounds of oil. They were topped with 100 cases of cheese sauce and a whole pallet of ranch dressing!

• Bacon A-Fair sizzled up more than 250,000 pieces of bacon and sold 5,000 pieces of chocolate-covered bacon.

• The Biggie’s Meat Market (formerly Burger Joint) used 5,000 pounds of ground beef, 17,500 pounds of potatoes for curly fries, 400 gallons of gourmet sauce, a full pallet (400 gallons) of ketchup, 1,600 heads of lettuce, and 2,500 tomatoes. 10,000 pounds of The Big Rib were sold with 400 gallons of smoky, garlic zesty and spicy BBQ Sauce.

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