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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.
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.
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 »
2015 Heritage Foundation Board of Directors
David Peterson, President
Brian Higgins, Past President
Chuck Noroian, Vice President
Andy Clarke, Treasurer
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