On the heels of a second record-breaking year for fair attendance, the Orange County Fair Board has decided to open the gates two hours earlier during next year's fair run, scheduled for July 7 to 17.
The fair, which drew more than 470,000 people in its 10-day run this year, will run from 10 a.m. to midnight next year. According to fair spokeswoman Jill Lloyd, the earlier hours should help alleviate the long lines and traffic problems.
Lloyd credits discount promotions that have increased weekday attendance and the county's rocketing population increase for back-to-back years of record attendance and record revenues. "Orange County's growth has a lot to do with our growth," Lloyd said. In 1986, 439,958 people visited the fair, generating $1.5 million in revenues; in 1987, 472,243 people went through the gates, generating $1.6 million.
In other business, the nine-member board elected Charlotte Cleary, 53, of Villa Park as president. A member of the volunteer board since 1983, she is the first woman president in the board's 62-year history.