The Big Fresno Fair (District), founded in 1884, is the fifth largest fair in California. The District represents the 21st District Agricultural Association, an entity of the California Department of Food & Agriculture Division of Fairs & Expositions.
The District is self-funded through business operations and generous community contributions. The District does not receive any funding from the State for operations; however, the Fair can apply for grants. The District's $10 million 2012 budget is managed by CEO John Alkire, administrative management and staff, and is overseen by nine Board members appointed by the Governor's office. The District ranks seventh out of 77 fairs in total operating reserve, placing it in the top 9% of all fairs for this category. According to an independent report from 2002, The Big Fresno Fair contributes more than $68.6 million in economic impact to Fresno County annually.
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