Monterey County Fair Unveils Dates and Theme of 2023 Fair

MONTEREY, CA. (November 28th, 2022) — After a highly successful 2022 event, The Monterey County Fair has announced the dates and theme for the 2023 edition: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2023, with the theme, “Buckaroos and Howdy Do’s!”


In addition, the Livestock Show will be held Aug. 23-27, 2023, with the Junior Livestock Auction being held on Aug. 26. The 2023 Monterey County Fair will be held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey.


After two years of pandemic-mandated restrictions, the 2022 Monterey County Fair showed robust increases in attendance, carnival and food concessions during the five days of the Fair, Sept. 1-5.


According to Kelly Violini-Rodoni, CEO of the Monterey County Fair, attendance was up 12.5% from last year’s attendance; the carnival was up 32%; and concessions were up 26%, and that is with the fair lowering the percentage for all concessionaires so that food prices could be kept at a reasonable price for the public.


Violini-Rodoni also said that more than $126,000 was raised by 12 nonprofits participating in the Fair. Also, on Thursday, Sept. 1, 1,220 seniors and veterans were admitted for free along with 710 military personnel. On Friday, 939 children 12 and under attended the fair for free. On Monday, over 3,900 pieces of food were donated to the Monterey County Food Bank from the 4 Before 4 promotion.


For more information about the Fair, call (831) 372-5863 or go to:


About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

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