WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION) The Santa Cruz County Fair returns to the central coast from Wednesday, September 15th to Sunday, September 19th.
The Santa Cruz Fairground is following the Santa Cruz County Health Department's guidelines and is asking individuals to use a mask while indoors.
Last year due to COVID-19, the Santa Cruz County Fair shut down its operations for the first time in its history but during that time, the fairgrounds remained busy, standing as a shelter for those affected by the CZU fires and drive-thru vaccination but now, the fair is coming back with full force.
"It feels back to normal, it feels really good. you can go and have fun and view the arts and crafts and the quilts which is what I love—and the corndogs— and it’s fun and we enjoy it," said Terri Faus, a Gilroy resident.
One vendor who relies on fair sales took a year off in 2020 to focus on their flower farm but are happy to be back and baking for the public.
"It feels fantastic, and the weather cooperated, it feels amazing. If anybody was here in 2019, it was really hot that year so that was a struggle for all of us I know but the weather is beautiful and it feels so good to be here and see all our pie friends again,” said Stephanie Compton, owner of Willamette Valley Pie Co.