Statement from the Yolo County Fair Board:
On June 15, 2023, the Yolo County Fair Board ended its contract with Bart Vannucci to serve as CEO. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to our community. We will have no additional comment on this personnel matter.
The Board has appointed its Chair Elaine Yamaguchi to serve as Acting CEO. The position is unpaid, and the Board will be seeking a permanent CEO.
Under the Acting CEO's leadership, the 2023 Yolo County Fair will be held from August 16 to August 20. Although the annual Opening Night Gala event is cancelled for this year, we plan for the Fair to provide all the fun we have enjoyed in the past. Our Fair continues to be the largest and oldest free gate fair in California.
The first Yolo County Fair was held in the late summer of 1893 with horse racing being the main event. The Fair continued for several years until pari-mutuel horse racing was outlawed. The Yolo County Fair was incorporated in 1935. Records indicate that the fair was expanded to include a horse show (1936) and industrial show (1937). The current 55-acre fairgrounds site, which was the former “Blowers Ranch,” is located at 1250 E Gum Ave, Woodland, CA 95776.
The Board and Staff appreciate the community’s support and look forward to seeing everyone at the Fair.