Happy Holidays from the
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds!
December 2018 Newsletter
From all of us at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds thank you so much for your support in 2017! Whether you held or attended an event here, supported the County Fair, or advocated for the Fairgrounds with your County Supervisor, we truly appreciate your support!

Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season and we hope to see you at the Fairgrounds in 2018!
Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 Fair!
When you unwrap your fresh new calendar be sure to mark the dates for the 2018 Santa Clara County Fair! It will be August 2-5, 2018.
This Holiday Season Give an Experience
With a Gift of Hop 'N Vine Festival Tickets!
Tickets to the Hop 'N Vine Festival, make a great holiday gift for friends and family members who love to support local Santa Clara County breweries and wineries. Use the promotional code HOPPYHOLIDAYS and save $5 per ticket!
Employee Highlight
Daryle Lupretta

When Daryle Lupretta fires up equipment in our Blue Hood Kitchen a bounty of delicious food is always soon to follow, whether it's for concessions at an event, a catered social event, or for one of our wonderful holiday staff luncheons.

Daryle joined our Food & Beverage Department as Kitchen and Concession Manager in July 2015, but his history with the Fairgrounds goes back many years. A San Jose native, Daryle spent a lot of time at the Fair and also at the Italian Festival when it was at the Fairgrounds, working the lemonade and pizzelle booth and eventually having his own ravioli booth!

Locals may also remember savoring Daryl's awesome cooking at Lupretta's Delicatessen, which Daryl owned from August 1994 to September 2005.

When he's not hard at work here at he Fairgrounds Daryle enjoys running, collectible cars, and spending time with friends and family.
Volunteer Highlight - Salene Duarte
One goal of every youth livestock exhibitor is to win that shiny belt buckle -whether it’s for showmanship or their market class, every exhibitor wants one. But where does that buckle come from? Since 1992, Salene Duarte has managed the youth 4-H awards including the design, ordering and sponsorship of the buckles. In just 4-H awards, there are upwards of 40 buckles and almost $10,000 worth of sponsorships. “She really know was she wants,” said Kyra Evans, representing Showtime Awards. “It’s a high volume order and she is very particular about how the design of the buckle. She’s a pleasure to work with and you can tell she really cares about the kids.” Santa Clara County Fair buckles were even featured in Las Vegas at the International Fairs & Expositions Convention this past month.

Salene has a long history with the fair, starting at 9 years old with her first sheep in Foothill 4-H. She continued her participation by also joining FFA in high school. By sophomore year she was helping to move hogs for the livestock auction and has continued to volunteer ever since. Not only does she manage the 4-H awards, but she has also helped with the livestock auction, previous award ceremonies, herdsmanship judging and is part of the livestock steering committee.
“My longest friendships are people who I grew up with and showed with at the fair,” Salene said. “I want the fair to be successful so my kids can be here. I think it’s one of the best leadership opportunities for kids to be involved in.”

Thank you, Salene for all your hard work and dedication to the Santa Clara County Fair!

If you are interested in becoming a youth 4-H or FFA award sponsor, please contact the Fair Office at 408-494-3100.
Salene with her sheep at the 1998 Santa Clara County Fair
Fairgrounds Staff Out & About
We had a great time at our booth at the Willow Glen Bubbly Walk on December 2nd! A big thank you to the Willow Glen Business Association for letting us have a booth at this fun event!

Next up we are proudly co-sponsoring the chocolate chip cookies at the end of the Santa Run in downtown San Jose this Sunday, December 17th. If you happen to be in downtown this Sunday be sure to stop by our booth at Christmas in the Park!
Love to Bake? Volunteer in our Blue Hood Kitchen this Week to Help Bake Cookies for the Santa Run!
After quite a shopping expedition, we are ready to bake thousands of cookies to hand out this Sunday at the end of the Santa Run! If you love to bake and would like to volunteer to help just click the button below to sign up. We'll be baking Dec 13, 14, and 15 from 9 am to 1 pm each day.
Host Your 2018 Event at the Fairgrounds!
Planning an event in 2018? While the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is known for the County Fair and other large-scale festivals, we offer affordable space for public and private events of every size, like galas, fundraisers, fun runs, business meetings, team building, and even social events like weddings, quinceaneras, and birthday parties. Visit our website or give us a call at 408-494-3100 for more information on how you can book space at the Fairgrounds for your event.
This newsletter is brought to you by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation ("FMC"). The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization.

FMC Board of Directors Meetings
The FMC Board of Directors meets at 2 pm on the last Wednesday of each month at the Fairgrounds. Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Details and agenda packets are publicly available on the  County's website on the Boards and Commissions  page (choose Fairgrounds Management Corporation as Meeting Group from the pull down menu near top left of page ).