Fairgrounds Foundation Presents a Check

for $43,680 to the Fairgrounds

Sherri DeCamara, President of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation presented Fair CEO David Kegebein with a check for expenses occurred during the Evacuation Center Operations during the CZU Lightning Complex Fire August and September 2020. These funds will help cover the costs incurred by the Fairgrounds during these trying times. The funds came from donors and groups, made to the Fairgrounds Foundation Fire Campaign, and will help keep the Fairgrounds open and ready at times like these.

When members of our community were required to evacuate as the fires around us continued to threaten our lives, our Fairgrounds volunteers assembled pens and cages for those animals that were being brought to the Fairgrounds for safety. The buildings and Barns were put in use to house community members and their animals displaced due to the evacuation. We received evacuees from all over the Central California Area. The Fairgrounds was there because of your support of the Fairgrounds Foundation.

The Fairgrounds Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization Tax ID #20-0385058, raises funds to keep the Fairgrounds safe and available for times of celebration, and for times of an emergency like this. Without the ability to host regular events during the pandemic, the Fairgrounds and the Foundation continue operating on reserve funds.



A Special Thank You to the following Community Organizations that made a major contribution to the fund:

The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County for a $10,000 Grant

Clint and Karen Miller Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County $2,500

The Driscoll’s Charitable Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County $2,500



Please consider making a donation to the Fairgrounds Foundation at this time so this vital service can continue and to ensure the Fairgrounds is a safe and inviting space.

Make sure Your Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is here when we need it, no matter when.

Governor Gavin Newsom has visited the  Fairgrounds Evacuation Center twice meeting with Fair Manager David Kegebein.



We still have evacuees living in the RV Areas of the Fairgrounds
During the height of the Evacuation The Fairgrounds has hosted over

1200 people

180 Horses (many untrained)

500 chickens, rabbits & other bird species

300 Goats, Sheep, lamas, pigs, etc.

20-30 exotic animals of different species.

Without your support, the Fairgrounds Foundation
would not be able to ensure the fairgrounds is a safe place for
your friends and neighbors to stay during emergencies.