Did you know… that early Ventura County Fairs featured bullfights?
The Ventura County Fair was established in 1875 and was held in what is now the heart of downtown Ventura. The fair’s primary focus was horse racing but also featured bullfights, cockfights and nightly grand balls. It was not until a few years later that the focus turned more toward local agriculture, horticulture and rides. In 1891, the fair moved from Ventura to Hueneme to take advantage of a new racetrack and grandstand that had been built by Thomas Bard.
In 1909, E.P. Foster donated the land for what became Seaside Park and in 1914 the site became the permanent home of the Ventura Fairgrounds. Mr. Foster was one of Ventura’s founding fathers and donated numerous parcels of land to the public including Foster Park on the Ventura River and Seaside Park. He wanted to see this land used “as a public park and a place for recreation… and be a pleasure for the general public.”
The 2013 Ventura County Fair, “Boots, Barns & Banjos,” runs July 31st through August 11th
Presale Ticket Office Hours
Monday, July 29 through Tuesday, July 30, 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Adult Admission (13-64 years of age): $11
Children and Seniors 65 years of age and older: $8.00
WOW! Pass (admission to each day of the Fair): $36.00
Carnival Ride Tickets: 40 tickets for $20.00
General Admission Prices
Adults 13 & older: $12.00
Children 6-12: $9.00
Seniors 65 & older: $9.00
Children 5 & under and Super Seniors (100 years & older): Free.