Orange County Fair Draws About 1 Million Despite Capped Ticket Sales

COSTA MESA—Despite limited capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the Orange County Fair rebounded following last year’s cancellation to more than 1 million visitors, officials said on Aug. 16. Attendance was capped at about 75 percent each day to allow for social distancing, but preliminary figures show the annual event, which ran from July 16 through Sunday, still passed the 1 million mark. The fair, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, drew 1,383,482 visitors in 2019. “While we’re so pleased that more than a million people came out to support the return of the OC Fair this year, increased attendance is no longer a number by which we will measure the success of the fair,” OC Fair & Event Center CEO Michele Richards said after presiding over her first Orange County fair. “More important to us is the great guest experience we were able to create, …

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