The 2022 San Diego County Fair opened Wednesday in Del Mar. It will run for about month. This is the first time the fair has opened in three years due to the Coronavirus pandemic. And it’s entered the 21st century by going cashless. The theme this year is Superheroes.
There was a fair last year, but it was a shadow of itself because COVID restrictions and protocols forced many traditional features to be left by the wayside.
This year’s fair came within a goat’s eyelash of not happening either due to a lawsuit filed when one vendor for rides and concessions sued when it was passed over for the contract. The vendor who was passed over cried favoritism.
A big change from previous years is that admission and parking must be purchased online in advance.
The fair is open Wednesdays — Sundays now through July 3 plus the final day Monday, July 4 from 11 a.m. every day to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and July 4; 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Adult admission is $15 Wednesdays and Thursdays, $20 Fridays through Sundays. Seniors are $12 and $17, kids 6 to 12 are $12 Wednesdays and Thursdays, $17 on the weekend and free on Friday. Kids 5 and under are free every day. Weekend prices apply on the 4th of July. Go to www.sdfair.com to buy tickets.
Preferred parking on the fairgrounds in front of the main admission gate is $30. At the horse park with free shuttle bus is $15. At Torrey Pines High School including shuttle bus is free.