History and Purpose

In 1935 the first Fair was held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Since then, not only has the Fair continued annually, but the Monterey County Fair & Event Center has become the site for an eclectic mix of public and private events including music festivals, community dinners, trade shows, and weddings. When the State of California eliminated funding for its fairgrounds in 2011, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation was created to assist in supporting the Fair & Event Center.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation is to support the operations of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center and to fund community agriculture awareness activities, youth scholarships, and capital improvements to Monterey County Fair & Event Center's facilities and grounds.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation is to ensure the future of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center as a vibrant and diverse community venue.

How We Raise Funds

We currently raise funds through donations, special events, and beverage concessions at the Fairgrounds. The Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation holds the exclusive beverage services contract with the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. We contribute at least 40% of the beverages concessions revenue directly to the Fair & Event Center to support continued Fair & Event Center operations and 100% of the concessions net income to capital improvements at the Fairgrounds. For more information on our beverage concessions services, please click here.

How You Can Help

There are many ways to help us in our efforts to ensure the future of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center:
  • Encourage your friends and family members to attend the Monterey Beer Festival, the Heritage Foundation’s largest fundraising event.
  • Purchase a Heritage Foundation Annual Membership - click here
  • Donate to and participate in the live and silent auction during the Fair Kick Off BBQ
  • Contribute to the Heritage Animal Auction
  • Contact us with feedback to help us improve and expand fundraising opportunities
  • Encourage your friends and family to attend any and all events at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center - Event Calendar »

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Membership Options


2015 Heritage Foundation membership information & print sign-up form (PDF)

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2015 Heritage Foundation Board of Directors

David Peterson, President
Brian Higgins, Past President
Chuck Noroian, Vice President
Andy Clarke, Treasurer
Cathy Marino-Edwards
Margaret Noroian
Josh Stratton
Caitlin Baczuk
Lauren Heath
Ricky Cabrera, 7th DAA Liaison
Vivien Lindley, 7th DAA Liaison

Please come and share your ideas at our monthly board meetings. Heritage Foundation meetings are typically held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5pm in the Monterey County Fair & Event Center Boardroom. The following are the remaining meeting dates in 2015: 5/20, 6/17, 7/15, 9/16, 10/21, and 11/18. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Jessica Porter at least one week in advance of the meeting so that we can include you on the agenda.

For more information about Heritage events, membership, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Jessica Porter, Heritage Foundation Coordinator
(831) 372- 5863, ext. 303
E-mail Jessica


News & Events

The largest special fundraising event we organize, the Monterey Beer Festival, brings together over 40 local and international breweries. We always strive to make the event bigger and better for our attendees, while at the same time, providing additional revenue to further our mission. This year we are kicking off the first ever Monterey Beer Week where a variety of local restaurants will host beer-themed events the week leading up to the Monterey Beer Festival.

Buy Your Beer Festival Tickets

2015 Heritage Foundation Sponsor

Thank you to Wente Vineyards for serving as a 2015 Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation sponsor. Heritage Foundation sponsors make a monetary contribution to the Heritage Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation agrees to purchase an amount of their product for service at events. If your organization is interested in serving as a Heritage Foundation sponsor, please contact Jessica Porter

Wente

Heritage Foundation 2015 Scholarship

This program seeks to motivate well-rounded high academic achievers in pursuit of their careers and life goals in the areas of agriculture. 

2015 Scholarship Application Download »



dale2014 Heritage Foundation Scholarship winner Dale McHaney




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Sponsorship & Partnership

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Contact Us

We're excited to hear from you! You can contact us via our Contact Page. If you'd prefer to give us a ring you can always call us at:
Main: (831) 372-5863
RV Direct: (831) 717-7167

Our Address:
Monterey County Fair & Event Center
2004 Fairground Road
Monterey, CA 93940
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Winter Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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