Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Newsletter
September 2017
Thanks to Everyone Who Came to the Fair!
A big thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy and support the Santa Clara County Fair last month!   We had a wonderful time and are already making plans for next year, so save the date for August 2-5, 2018!   Have an idea for next year's Fair? Please feel free to email ideas or feedback to our Fair Manager, Rich Thomas, at

VIP Reception Kicked Off the Fair Festivities
We truly appreciate the support of all the government officials and community leaders who came out to support the Fair at the VIP Reception, which kicked off the Fair on opening day.  It was a great evening!

Supervisor Dave Cortese 

Sheriff Laurie Smith and Assistant Sheriff Rick Sung

Bruce Knopf, Santa Clara County's Director, Asset & Economic Development and Miguel Marquez, Santa Clara County's Chief Operating Officer
FMC's Interim Executive Director, Mary Bartlett, with Cupertino Mayor
Savita Vidhyanathan

August Staff Highlight - Frances Negranza

When over 250 kids enjoyed our first ever "education day" at this year's Santa Clara County Fair it was thanks to the vision and hard work of Education & Outreach Coordinator Frances Negranza.   Her tremendous effort to create a curriculum for kids to learn about local agriculture and enjoy STEAM activities resulted in a wonderful experience for kids from many different day camps in the area, including several YMCAs and even a few City of San Jose Community Centers.  

The Fairgrounds and the job of Education & Outreach Coordinator is a perfect fit for Frances, who showed sheep in FFA all through high school right here at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds before going off to get a degree in agriculture education and communication from Fresno State. After graduating college she started here as an intern before joining the staff full-time a couple of years ago.     

When she's not hard at work at the Fairgrounds you'll most often find Frances in the great outdoors, enjoying backpacking, camping, hiking and biking.  

August Volunteer Highlight  - Ashley Pipkin

Every year our volunteers seek to create new additions to the county fair - this month we would like to highlight Ashely Pipkin for her efforts in the creation of Santa Clara County's first Junior Fair Board!  This is a leadership opportunity for both 4-H and FFA members to learn and assist with the daily processes of running the livestock show and exhibits hall during the fair. After an application and interview process, we had 10 individuals between the ages of 13-17 fill the positions. Ashely organized the interviews, outlined responsibilities and trained the newly appointed board for the 2017 fair.

Previously an FFA showman, Ashley has continued to devote herself to the fair year after year. You can find her behind the show ring handling awards, in the livestock office organizing show schedules or at the auction registering and processing buyers.

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

Ashley Pipkin (far right) with the first Santa Clara County Junior Fair Board
at the 2017 Santa Clara County Fair
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Q:  What's happening with the proposed redevelopment of the Fairgrounds?

A:  The Board of Supervisors Finance & Government Operations Committee discussed the Fairgrounds at their August 10,2017 meeting.   Visit this link on County's website to see a video of the discussion (click on item 7 in the agenda below the video to play that portion of the meeting).  The report on the Fairgrounds was supposed to be discussed at the August 15th Board of Supervisors meeting, but it was deferred to the September 12th meeting.  

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2nd Annual Hop 'N Vine Festival & Market

It's not too early to mark your calendar for next year's 2nd Annual Hop 'N Vine Festival & Market, set for Saturday, March 10, 2018.  

This fun event celebrates the bounty of delicious wine and craft beer produced right here in Santa Clara County.  

Purchase tickets online before November 30th to get the early bird price of $45 tickets (after Nov. 30 tickets will be $55 and on the day of the event tickets will be $65).

Click here for link to purchase tickets online.

For a schedule of upcoming events 
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 (choose Fairgrounds Management Corporation as Meeting Group from pull down menu). 

As you may have heard, Santa Clara County 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 .  

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