Your Fairgrounds Still Active

As An Evacuation Center

Another reason WHY your Fairgrounds is so important to all of us…

Calls to your Fairgrounds began Sunday August 16th as community members were required to evacuate as the fires around us continued to grow. Fairgrounds volunteers began assembling pens and cages for those animals that were being brought to the Fairgrounds for safety. 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 is now the last remaining shelter location.

Working with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center the Fairgrounds once again was there to provide a safe haven for those in need. While some have been able to return to their homes, others find homes standing but barns gone.

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 are both operating on reserve funds.


A Special Thank You to our Donors – Together we raised $41,595 for our Fairgrounds.


This includes a special Thank You to:

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


We need your help to keep our Fairgrounds operating now and in the future.

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.

Click the donate button NOW to 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.



The fire evacuees and animals are beginning to return home.
There are those that will be at the Evacuation Center for a while yet.
The County has consolidated all centers to the Fairgrounds which remains an active Center.
During the Evacuation The Fairgrounds has hosted over

1000 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.




 Thank you to all who have donated time and money to help through this time.