Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Newsletter
July 2017
Happy July from the Fairgrounds!
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Won Big at the July 4th Rose, White & Blue Parade!
 
We had a wonderful time participating in the July 4th Rose, White & Blue Parade, and even better we came home with THREE ribbons!  

A big thank you to our amazing facilities staff who spruced up an old trailer we had lying around the Fairgrounds, awesome volunteers Judy Mabie and Melissa Diane who put their creativity to work with all of the decorations, and Tony from Party Fiesta Balloon Decor who created a balloon version of our iconic arch!  We won First Place for Float with a critter on it (that would be our milking cow, which you can see next month at Little Hands on the Farm at the Fair!). Accompanying our float in the parade was Cisco Jim and his horse Silverado, who you can also see next month at the Fair.  Jim & Silverado won best horse and cowboy AND Best of the Parade President's Award!

Cisco Jim and Silverado got to meet Supervisor Ken Yeager!  You can see Cisco Jim and Silverado at the Fair!
It was great to see a float of Santa Clara County 4-H kids at the parade.  You can see them at the Fair, too!

July Staff Highlight - Jaime Quintara

Jaime Quintara, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, probably doesn't think of himself as a horse whisperer.  But when the Fairgrounds gave refuge to five horses rescued from the Loma fire last fall this self-proclaimed small town boy born in King City and raised in Greenfield launched into action, mobilizing staff to assemble livestock panels, water troughs, and hay into a nice little equine B&B.  Once the horses were here, Jaime helped keep a watchful eye over them 24/7 and was quick to learn all he had to know to keep the horses safe and healthy while in our care.

Jaime has worked at the Fairgrounds since July 2011.  Whether it's learning how to care for horses or figuring out how to spruce something up with limited resources (like that trailer for our July 4th float!), Jaime takes on every challenge with a can-do attitude.  When asked what the favorite part of his job is, he quickly replies "the whole grounds" because he loves that every day here brings something different to do.  Lucky for us he doesn't seem to mind that his phone is always ringing with so many requests!  

When not hard at work at the Fairgrounds, this father of 5 enjoys music and spending time on the trail in the great outdoors.  He especially loves Reggae music, and in what little spare time he has he even crochets Reggae beanie hats to give away at music festivals!
July Volunteer Highlight  -  Brian Revino
Brian Revino and his wife, Stephanie

With the Fair fast approaching, we have a flurry of volunteers behind the scenes working to pull all the pieces together, one being Brian Revino, the Santa Clara County Fair Livestock Superintendent. He is the man behind the curtain for all things livestock related. His crew of over 20 other volunteers "move in" a week before Fair to set up pens, run the 4-H and FFA livestock shows, and facilitate the livestock auction - just to name a few of the many tasks they do. Over the years, Brian has obtained thousands of dollars' worth of in-kind donations that have directly benefited and expanded the youth livestock show, including meat for the buyers' dinner, infrastructure for the RV park and a livestock trailer.
 
Brian has been a life-long supporter of the county Fair. Starting in the 70s, his father chartered the Calaveras 4H club and the following year Brian was born. From ages 9 to 19 Brian showed hogs, a few horses and a handful of steers. After he graduated, he immediately began volunteering with the hog show and continued to come back year after year. In 2007 he became the livestock Superintendent and will be celebrating his 10th year at the 2017 county Fair.
 
"I come back every year because I want my kids to enjoy the Fair like I did at their age," Revino said. "Plus, it's tradition! It's a chance for all of us to get together once a year and enjoy each other's company." 
 
Thank you, Brain, for all your hard work and dedication to the Santa Clara County Fair! 
Join the Fun at the Santa Clara County Fair!
Thursday, August 3 - Sunday, August 6


Questions?  Just give us a call at 408-494-3100
Upcoming Events at the
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Just Care More
Color Run
July 15
A fun-filled day and night run and carnival to benefit Just Care More, a nonprofit organization that helps kids!
  

Santa Clara County Fair
August 3-6
Visit thefair.org for all the details and join us at the Fair!
Bingo!
Tuesdays in July & August
Enjoy Summer Bingo on Tuesdays during July and August.  Visit fairgroundsbingo.com for details!
For a complete schedule of upcoming events 


Hey race organizers and volunteers, consider hosting your next fun run at the Fairgrounds and raise more for your cause!   An entire 5K or 10K race course can take place on the Fairgrounds property, saving the cost and many logistical inconveniences of closing city streets.  Set up is also much less stressful for race organizers, too, with a complimentary day before and day after the event for set-up and tear down.   Give us a call at 408-494-3100 for more info.   
This newsletter is brought to you by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation ("FMC"), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization formed by the County in 1995 to manage the Fairgrounds.  


FMC's Board of Directors meets at 2 pm on the last Wednesday of each month here at the Fairgrounds.  Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.  Details and agendas are posted on the County's website on the boards and commissions page. 



As you may have heard, Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors is in the process of reviewing responses to an RFP for redevelopment of the Fairgrounds.   To stay up-to-date on what's happening with this process visit the County's website at fairgroundsvision.net.   


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