The San Mateo County Fair Returns June 8-16

Posted on January 15, 2013


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We don’t  know about you, but here at SMEC, summertime cannot come fast enough!  The 2013 San Mateo County Fair is scheduled for June 8 through 16 and advance discounted ticket sales are already in progress!

WFA Awards

The San Mateo County Fair, a proud part of the San Mateo community for over 79 years, has just received numerous awards for the 2012 Fair, programs, content and participation in the community.

“We at the San Mateo Event Center are most proud of the fact that the Fair provides a platform for San Mateo County residents and that their participation has resulted in specific recognition for their achievements,” said San Mateo County Event Center General Manager, Chris Carpenter.

The San Mateo County Fair garnered awards in 24 of the 29 categories submitted in the Western Fairs Association Achievement Awards Program.  The goal of WFA’s Achievement Awards Program is to recognize excellence, and share new successful ideas and programs. The primary purpose of the program is to facilitate, share and promote great ideas, so that WFA can create a helpful resource to guide future programs.

Every year, all Fairs on the West Coast can send entries about the latest and greatest aspects that were present at the Fair to the WFA.  The results are in:  The San Mateo County Fair received 1st place in the following categories:

  • Viral or Video Documentation
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • 2nd Fair/Fairgrounds-Sponsored Event Marketing
  • Interim Events

It is an honor to receive such prestigious awards and to be recognized by their peers in the industry. The San Mateo County Fair will be accepting their awards at the Western Fairs Association Convention in January!  This is a wonderful accomplishment for the San Mateo County community.

Have you seen the Viral Video?  Our very own Fair Coordinator, Monica danced her way around the fairgrounds bringing laughs and joy to our fairgoers!

Pre-sale Tickets

Yes!  It is that time already to start thinking about the San Mateo County Fair!  In fact, they are already having a pre-sale on tickets!  Hurry!  The pre-sale ends March 31!

General Admission – Great for party favors, complimentary gifts, or just for fun!

  • Adult (13-61) Admission – $6 + Fee
  • Junior (6-12) Admission – $4 + Fee
  • Senior (62+) Admission – $4 + Fee

 Season Passes (Good for all 9 days of Fair) – For those who know they want to enjoy more from the Fair!

  • Adult (13-61) – $14 + Fee
  • Junior (6-12) – $12 + Fee
  • Senior (62+) – $12 + Fee

movie-tickets3Carnival Rides – Calling all thrill-seekers – This is for you!

One Day Unlimited Ride Wristband

All Ages – $21 + Fee

Ways to purchase tickets:

  • Visit the Fair’s Ticket Page.  To see all ticket options, click on the Ticket Home tab on the top left corner of the page!
  • Purchase through the Fair’s Facebook Page.  Just click on the Tickets tab to get started

About the San Mateo County Fair

The San Mateo County Fair “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” boasts a stunning variety of world-class musical entertainment, live performances, fun festival food, local and traditional contests, and a “Ferris Wheeling” carnival. The Fair lasts nine days and will be attended by over 150,000 guests.

The San Mateo County Event Center is the host of the San Mateo County Fair, which will be held June 8-16, 2013. Visit the web site: often for regular updates, contest rules, entertainment schedules, promotions, giveaways and sponsorship information.