Orange County Fair Breaks Attendance Record
The 2010, 120th anniversary fair run broke attendance records with 1,154,969 visitors.
That beat previous best year 2007 by nearly half a million guests.
|Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
|Seven of the 1,154,969 Orange County Fair visitors this 120th year.|
A city of Costa Mesa plan to purchase the fairgrounds from the state for $96 million and have a local private company run it is awaiting the approval of the California Legislature, as the land is currently part of a state Agricultural District. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed off on the deal.
Some visitors came out during the 23-day run--held between the dates of July 16 and Aug. 15--believing this might be the final year of the fair at the Costa Mesa location, Beazley reportedly told Daily Pilot.
"I look at fair attendance as a poll," he said. "It shows the community really values the fair."
He likened the recorded-breaking year to winning the Super Bowl, adding, "It's very fulfilling, as event producers, to see things go how you envisioned them."
Speaking of popularity, based on attendance:
- The top five rides in the Main Carnival were La Grande Wheel, Sky Ride, Hi Miler, Euroslide and The Wave.
- The top five rides in the Kiddie Carnival were Pirate's Island, Survivor Island, Lil Dipper, Bumble Bees and Silver Streak.
- The top four events in the Action Sports Arena were Motorhome Madness
Demolition Derby; Orange Crush Demolition Derby, X-treme Freestyle Moto-X and Bull Riding.
The Pilot shared these numbers when it came to mass consumption . . .