2016 San Diego County Fair Theme Unveiled

Next year's San Diego County Fair begins June 3, 2016

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Weird. Wacky. Whimsical. That should pretty much describe the theme of next summer’s San Diego County Fair, according to organizers.

On Tuesday, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors approved a theme dubbed “Mad About the Fair” for the 2016 San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Organizers say the fair will fuse the artistic movement known as Steampunk with the magic and whimsy of Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

The adventurous theme will encompass a “wild tea party” vibe that includes outlandish landscapes, crazy rides, lively entertainment, festivals and, of course, outrageous fair foods. Guests can also expect appearances by well-known “Wonderland” characters.

In addition to the theme, organizers revealed the San Diego County Fair will officially open to the public at 4 p.m. on June 3, 2016, and will run through July 4, 2016. As usual, the fair will be closed Mondays (except for July 4) and the first two Tuesdays of the season.

The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual local event and one of the 10 largest fairs in the U.S., drawing more than 1.5 million visitors each year.

This past summer’s fair – themed “A Fair to Remember” – brought a total of 1,503,508 guests through the gates, pretty darn close to the record-breaking attendance figure set in 2012 with 1,517,508 fairgoers. Read more about the 2015 fair by the numbers, including how much fried food was consumed.

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