We skipped the Del Mar Fair last year (I like to call things by their original names) and enjoyed avoiding the crowds and the cost that come with a fair day.
But this year I purchased the $59.95 fair deal from Costco, which included a parking pass, 4 admission tickets, a coupon book good for a variety of buy-one-get-one deals, four regular sized soft drinks (normally $3-$4) and 50 ride tickets. It was a great day from our parking lot shuttle ride to the fried snickers bar and everything in between. And, boy did we get our money’s worth!
I’m not a scheduled person and think it’s nice to just show up, taste the famous fair foods and stroll around taking in whatever happens to be going on during the visit. However, had I looked at the schedule ahead of our visit we would have definitely made time for some of the more kid-friendly events like the pie eating contest and 3 o’clock fun.
Still, it was a terrific day because the fair wasn’t overly crowded, the day wasn’t too hot or cold, the tickets and food were not too expensive thanks to our Costco deal, and, because everything we did was really fun. Highlights included the swifty swine pig races, a viewing of Hercules, one of the world’s largest horses, watching the charity fair horse show practice from box seats, feeding animals at the petting zoo and riding lots and lots of rides and still ending up with 6 extra tickets!
Everything you need to know about the fair can be found online. I suggest taking a look at the daily schedule to get a feel for what you want to do before you show up. There are so many options it can be overwhelming once you’re on site so planning ahead is a good idea.
It’s also a good idea to find a special promotion that works for your family. Activity, ride and game tickets can add up quickly, and that’s after you’ve paid $10-$15 for parking and $8-$14 for admission. The Passport to Savings book came with our Costco ticket package and is definitely worth the $4 on-site price.
This year’s fair experience was really great and something we will do again…at least every other year!