♥ February 2017 Newsletter ♥
A Big ReLeaf of the Fairgrounds Is Underway!

With a new reclaimed watering system in place and inspiration from a fairgoer who visited the 2016 Fair and expressed a desire to see the Fairgrounds full of greenery and flowers as it was in its glory days, we launched "A Big ReLeaf" campaign last Fall.   W ith Spring just around the corner, we are thrilled to report that our Big ReLeaf will soon be underway, thanks to two major in-kind gifts and generous donors who have made contributions to the effort! 

Organizers of the Island Reggae Festival are making a major in-kind gift to the Fairgrounds of installation of a large lawn area.  This wonderful gift will not only give this year's Island Reggae Festival attendees a nice place to relax on real turf while they enjoy music, it will add much-needed green space and beautification to the Fairgrounds.  

We are also thrilled to welcome Bay Maples Wild California Gardens to the Fairgrounds  as a major in-kind donor to help us transform existing flower beds into beautiful, sustainable gardens and over time also add new garden areas that demonstrate sustainable gardening practices.   Bay Maples owner Alan Hackler is a San Jose native who has fond memories of growing up not too far from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.  We are excited to partner with Alan to make the Fairgrounds not only beautiful, but also inspirational for home gardeners!

This is all great news, but we could use more help!  If you have not already done so, please consider a donation to A Big ReLeaf to help ensure that the Fairgrounds is the most beautiful it's been in years at this year's Fair! 


If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact Valerie Merklin, Development Manager, at 408-477-7125 or vmerklin@thefair.org.
February Staff Member Highlight
Rich Thomas, Fair Manager

In 2016 the Santa Clara County Fair's attendance increased by 16% over 2015.  Double-digit growth in the fair industry is unheard of these days, so we know our community supports rebuilding our beloved local Fair.  Leading this monumental effort to revitalize our County Fair is Rich Thomas, Fair Manager, who joined the FMC staff 3 years ago. 
Rich is a true optimist, a quality that comes in handy in this job! He taps into his past work experience in marketing, event operations, and sales in the tech world to bring fresh perspectives to efforts to rebuild the Fair.  Rich likes to say he used to organize events that people HAD to go to, so it's a joy to be at the Fairgrounds where he can be a part of organizing events that people WANT to go to!  

When he's not hard at work here at the Fairgrounds Rich enjoys spending time with his wife, Amoreena, and their three kids , ages 7, 11 and 15.   As busy as he is he can also often be found playing a winery gig in his band or checking out the great local craft brewery scene!
February Volunteer Highlight
Frank Mullaney

As a vendor back in 2012, Frank Mullaney wanted to become more involved with the Fair, so he approached the FMC staff to see how he could help.  "I noticed at the time that the Fair staff might have needed an extra set of eyes," Mullaney said. "So I offered to volunteer." 

Now, five years later, Frank continues to help make sure our most diverse building during the Fair, Pavilion Hall, runs smoothly, including all the work of opening and closing the building every day of the Fair. Frank has also provided great insight from his other ventures as a vendor at other festivals and fairs around the state that are helping us continue to make improvements here at our Fair.  

Thank you, Frank, for all your hard work and dedication to the Santa Clara County Fair!
Hop 'N Vine Festival & Market
Saturday, March 11th

Are you in a relationship like this cute couple, where one of you loves beer but the other prefers wine?   

Then you'll want to join us for the first-ever Hop 'N Vine Festival & Market on Saturday, March 11th - where there will be plenty of fun for both of you to enjoy!

This fun new event is organized by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation and will feature only wineries and breweries located in Santa Clara County to highlight the bounty of wonderful wine and craft beer being produced right here in our own back yard!

Tickets are limited so purchase early!  Visit thefairgrounds.org for more information and a link to purchase tickets online. 

love_wood.jpgHave a Heart and Join us as a Sponsor of the
2017 Santa Clara County Fair!

It's going to take all of us who have a passion for the Fair and the Fairgrounds working together to continue to rebuild and grow the Santa Clara County Fair.  Please consider joining us as a 2017 sponsor to be part of revitalizing this great local tradition!    

Did You Know?

Did you know that we do educational outreach events at local schools and libraries? This past year, Frances Negranza, the Education and Outreach Coordinator, gave presentations to students at Franklin-McKinley Elementary School, the Tully Branch Library in San Jose Public Library network and the Saratoga and Campbell library branches part of Santa Clara County Library District. Presentations are about California agriculture with a focus of food grown in Santa Clara County and include a hands on activity such as seed planting or butter making!   If you would like to schedule a free presentation for a classroom or student group visit thefair.org/outreach for details.

Highlights of February Fun at the Fairgrounds

February 4

February 18 - 20

February 25

Great Train Show 
Immerse yourself in the world of miniature railroading!
February 25-27 

Proceeds benefit the Santa Clara County Fair

For a complete list of upcoming events at the Santa Clara County Fairgounds visit thefairgrounds.org
This newsletter is brought to you by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation (SCCFMC).  We are a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization formed by the County of Santa Clara in 1995 to manage the Fairgrounds.  If you would like to learn more about the SCCFMC or the Fairgrounds please contact Valerie Merklin, Development Manager, at 408-477-7125 or vmerklin@thefair.org.