El Dorado County Fair

100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667


The first recorded Fair in El Dorado County was held in 1859.  Until 1939 the Fair was held at various locations in downtown Placerville, most commonly at the "Stockyards".

The first County Fair at the current site on Placerville Dr. (old Hwy 50) was held in 1939 conducted by the American Legion under a contract with El Dorado County. The American Legion conducted the County Fairs until 1952 when the current Fair Association was formed.  World War II caused the Fair to become dormant from 1942 until 1947 when the American Legion reactivated the event.

Today the El Dorado County Fair Association conducts the Annual County Fair under a contract with El Dorado County.  The El Dorado County Fair Association is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

The land on which the Fairgrounds sit today was purchased from Loren & Mary Forni in three transactions between 1939 and 1950.  Total purchase price of all the property from the Forni's was $6,196.50.  All of the funds to purchase the Forni property were provided by the State of California from a horse racing pari-mutual tax account created by legislation in 1933.  No County funds were used in the property acquisition.  Today the Fairgrounds property totals 47.77 acres.  All of the major improvements on the Fairgrounds were funded by the State of California through the pari-mutual tax resource.

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