By Alyssa Penman
High Desert Daily
(Victorville)–The 2011 San Bernardino County Fair brought agriculture, music, crafts and fun to the High Desert this past week. With record breaking attendance from throughout the county and beyond, fair organizer Ken Alstott said, “The weather obviously was a challenge during the week with five of the nine days being cold and windy, but overall this year was more rounded out. The acts were more family oriented. The whole kids section was a new set up. And people are looking for value. Our $5 tickets with a $1 coupon showed an 18-20% return which is really significant.” When asked what some of the highlights were, Alstott mentioned, “The Animal Planet brings in all different kinds of animals and the kangaroos were a big hit. The turkey stampede was a favorite too. We are one of the few fair where our heritage events continues to grow. The metal sculptor did a great job as well.”
With a nod to the agricultural roots of the County Fair, Apple Valley resident and fair goer Alexis McConahy said, “[The fair] was so much fun! I love the rides and the animals. I used to be in the FFA and 4-H clubs. I loved showing pigs and I miss doing it. In FFA kids learn so much. You learn how to take care of animals, how to feed them right, the body of the animal. And you save your money to go college!”
The county fair is also a time for local groups to perform for the community. Christina Perez’s daughter Stephanie performed with the Hesperia Wildcat Cheerleaders on Saturday, May 21st. “It was an awesome performance!” she shared. Other local bands like Elsewhere Road and The Working Poets performed as well.
The 9 day event had its share of struggles with the weather but overall visitors appeared to be having a great time. The first Saturday of the fair set an attendance record with 15,270 people attending. The second Saturday beat that attendance by a margin, setting the new attendance record at 15,284. “Thank you to everyone who came who visited and supported us!” shared Alstott. Next year’s fair dates will be announced in early July so mark your calendars now to see all the livestock, rides, music, monster trucks and more!