California State Fair return receives record numbers


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The California State Fair and Food Festival has seen an increase in visitors this year compared to the last time it was held, after the two-year cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a press release from California State Fair and Food Festival, “During the 17-day event, 652,873 people walked through the doors, increasing attendance by 8.9% over 2019.”

Thousands of people from all over California came out for concerts, rides and food. The statement said cooler weekends drew large crowds and parking lots were often completely full.

The fair hosted a number of special events, artists and exhibits that captured the essence of California, such as the California Cannabis Exhibit, Save Mart California’s Kitchen and Wine Garden, Out at the Fair, Made in California Fashion Show and Thoroughbred Racing.

“After two years without a fair due to the pandemic, our staff have worked tirelessly to deliver a quality event for everyone,” said Rick Pickering, General Manager and CEO of Cal Expo. “We are thrilled that so many families came to the fair for such a successful, fun and safe event.”


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