Heritage Foundation

History and Purpose

In 1935 the first Fair was held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Since then, not only has the Fair continued annually, but the Monterey County Fair & Event Center has become the site for an eclectic mix of public and private events including music festivals, community dinners, trade shows, and weddings. When the State of California eliminated funding for its fairgrounds in 2011, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation was created to assist in supporting the Fair & Event Center.

Mission Statement

The vision of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation is to ensure the future of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center as a vibrant and diverse community venue.

Heritage Foundation Board of Directors

Liz Silva, President
Andy Clarke
Corie Hill
Catey Trenner
Andrew J. Williams

Please come and share your ideas at our monthly board meetings. Heritage Foundation meetings are typically held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5pm in the Monterey County Fair & Event Center Boardroom.

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact the Monterey County Fair office at least one week in advance of the meeting so that we can include you on the agenda.

For more information about Heritage events, membership, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
the Fair office
(831) 372-5863

MCFHF Membership


MCFHF Annual Scholarship

This program seeks to motivate well-rounded high academic achievers in pursuit of their careers and life goals in the areas of agriculture. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship, personal commitment and goals established for his/her field, leadership potential, and civic accomplishments.

This year, a minimum of one scholarship will be awarded to Monterey County 4-H or FFA member(s) in good standing.

Heritage Foundation Board Member Portal

Butch and Vivien Lindley Scholarship

Details & Guide