How to do the Del Mar Fair

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Deals, discounts, and an app can prepare you for a less expensive trip to the San Diego County Fair.

But, to take a moment and think about next year’s fair and a fair memento that you might like to take home after the 2020 fair. The fair, well before they open, hold photo shoots of select individuals. 

Those individuals – men, women, and kids’ images will appear on their San Diego County Fair’s street pole banners. Those banners are not only on the street light poles as you enter the fairgrounds but also around town.

Be ahead of the game. 

Contact the fair, some photo shoots are held in February, and find out how to be selected to appear on the banners.

For deals, discounts, and more, the fair personnel offered tips.

“There, ( https://sdfair.com/plan-your-visit/tickets/ ) you’ll find info about our season pass, unlimited rides, discount tickets, a discount coupon book, military discounts, Read For Free admission, and kids get in free on Fridays. You should find everything you need linked from this page,” said public information officer for the Fair Annie Pierce.

Costco, while supplies last, offers a fair bundle that includes four admission tickets, a parking pass, ride tickets, passport to the fair redemption ticket, and discount on drinks coupon.  The bundle costs $79.99.

Groupon offered discount tickets but are sold out with over $25,000 plus sold. Additionally, Albertsons/Vons $6 fair day tickets were $6 for select days but June 5 was the last day of that offer. What is now offered at Albertsons or Vons is a savings of $4 off of adult ticket and $1 off seniors or kid admission ticket with a minimum purchase of $10.

Tickets, without any discount, are $20 for ages 13-61, seniors 62+ $14, kids 6 -12 are 14, and kids 5 and under are free. An adult season pass is $32.

The fair’s Fun Pass digital coupon package is available on their app.  Ride tickets can be purchased- 1 ticket is $0.75 all the way up to 140 tickets for $100.00. There is a scan feature to add a coupon package QR.

Home & Hobby contests offer free admission for various one day contests. 

If you have an award-winning-recipe for salsa or guacamole, kombucha or even a family baking recipe, there is a contest.

Check the fair’s website for dates these one-day contests are held.

Alpine residents who still harvest honey (Alpine was once the honey capital of the nation) will be happy to hear of a home harvested honey competition. Check under one-day contests online for the details.

El Cajon residents who grow their own produce can enter a produce competition for a $5 processing fee and enter their tomatoes, berries, peppers, and many other classes of vegetables fruits, and fruit & vegetables baskets.

Check every one-day contest’s rules for the deadline to register and further details.

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