Director's Welcome

Director's Welcome

Join us as we celebrate the 75th Marin County Fair themed What a Ride! from June 30 to July 4, 2016.

Coming off of the heels of winning the Merrill Award at 53rd Western Fairs Association Annual Achievement Awards Program for our Healthy Fair Initiative, I truly look forward to this summer.

The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is given to fairs that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision and excellence. The Marin County Fair and Play Fair Marin have partnered for 14 years to build and maintain a healthy and successful fair as well as create a resource guide for ongoing and future success called Growing Healthy Events is Healthy Business.

We should all strive to be healthy and green while at the same time celebrate our community and offer first-caliber everything from the arts, technology, facilities, learning, exhibits and unique programs found nowhere else in the nation.

75 Years – What a Ride! will feature our long-time Fair favorites alongside brand new attractions, highlighting what Marin County residents love most about their local fair. For years, the Marin County Fair has reflected the county in all of its colorful traditions and innovations; its farm animals, family activities, popular concerts, thrilling rides, leading-edge exhibits, and spectacular fireworks displays each night have made the Fair one of the Bay Area’s favorite and anticipated summer events.

The theme also refers to the Hunter S. Thompson quote “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride!”

The competitive exhibits program will feature some 800 new and returning exhibits ranging from fine arts and crafts, photography, flowers, art chairs and dairy cows. What I love about the competitive exhibits program is it’s a chance for us to truly celebrate the accomplishments of ordinary people!

Fast-paced, forward-thinking and always on the fast track of cultural developments, we strive to offer first-caliber everything from the arts, technology, facilities, learning, exhibits and unique programs found nowhere else in the nation. The Marin County Fair combines classic fair exhibits with innovative new ideas. Add to that, one-of-a-kind events, cuisines both local and global, welcoming staff, cultural diversity and a rich history and legacy. This is the reputation and brand that the Marin County Fair has built over the last 75 years and I look forward to carrying that tradition forward to next 75 years.

See you at the Fair!

Gabriella C. Calicchio
Director of Cultural Services
County of Marin