April 2, 2020 (9:00 am)
A message from our CEO Michele Richards
April 1, 2020 (10:02 am)
Centennial Farm donates produce to OC Food Bank
Centennial Farm, which is currently closed to the public, sure does miss its after-school program, class tours and visitors.
But in the meantime, we are doing what we can to help our community by donating produce to OC Food Bank. Our hard-working farm staff has harvested several pounds of carrots, different types of lettuce and more.
The farm staff is also making sure the livestock at Centennial Farm continues to be fed and cared for. Most of the rest of OC Fair & Event Center staff is working from home while the fairgrounds are closed.
As always, thank you for your support of Centennial Farm. And make sure to check in on the pigs anytime at ocfair.com/pigcam.
March 12, 2020 (7:16 pm)
OC Fair & Event Center closes property until further notice
(Updated June 11, 202o)
Out of an abundance of caution and to help stem the spread of coronavirus, OC Fair & Event Center announces a full public closure of the facilities, including Heroes Hall Veterans Museum, Centennial Farm, Equestrian Center and the administration building lobby until further notice.
OC Fair & Event center will continue to follow public health directives.
The following events previously scheduled to take place at OC Fair & Event Center have been impacted:
- Orange County Market Place – weekends, canceled until further notice
- Farmers Market – Thursdays, canceled until June 18
- OC Wine Fest – June 13-14, canceled
- BrideWorld – June 14, canceled
- OC Market Place Taco Fest – June 20, canceled
- Costa Mesa Speedway – June 20, canceled
- FamFest – June 20-21, canceled
- Pacific Symphony – July 4 & Aug. 21, canceled
- 2020 OC Fair – July 17-Aug. 16, canceled
- SoCal World Guitar Show – Aug. 22-23, canceled
- Irish Festival – Sept. 5-6, canceled
The following is a list of events originally scheduled for earlier this year that have been rescheduled for a later date:
- AAOC Trade Show and Conference – March 26, postponed to Sept. 10
- Mom Made Market – March 28-29, postponed to Oct. 10-11
- Fight Club – April 9 & June 11, postponed until Oct. 15 & Nov. 12
- OC Marathon – May 1-3, postponed to Nov. 6-8
- OC Night Market – May 8-10 & May 15-17, postponed to Oct. 23-25 & Oct. 30-Nov. 1
For a complete list of upcoming scheduled events, please visit ocfair.com/events.
March 3, 2020 (7:07 am)
Andreas Meyer steps down from OC Fair Board
After serving on the OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors since 2018, Andreas Meyer has decided to leave his position on the Board. Meyer most recently served as Vice Chair of the Board and was a member of several Board committees, including the Governance Committee, the Safety & Security Committee and the Branding Project Ad Hoc Committee.
At the Board’s Feb. 27 meeting, Meyer announced his intention to step down and submitted his resignation this week to the Governor’s Office.
There are currently two vacant positions on the Board. Click here to apply to become a member of the Board of Directors.
February 28, 2020 (11:49 am)
New OC Fair & Event Center Community Engagement Program approved
The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors voted Feb. 27 to approve a new Community Engagement Program aimed at helping local community groups, nonprofits and government agencies by supporting projects and events this year.
A Community Engagement Program was proposed by CEO Michele Richards as a way to include employees and the board in decisions on how OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) supports local efforts that are in alignment with the agency’s mission and that meet specific criteria. OCFEC’s mission is “Celebration of Orange County’s communities, interests, agriculture and heritage.”
As part of OCFEC’s 2020 budget, a $150,000 Community Engagement Fund was set aside and a committee of two board members was created to work with a 10-member employee panel to determine which requests will be approved and funded.
“The idea of this Community Engagement Program is extremely important to me. I want a fully transparent process in place and I believe it is in the best interest of the organization and public for our employees to be involved in this decision-making,” said Richards. “We want these funds to help further our mission and to lift up the people and the organizations out there doing such good work in our communities.”
The Community Engagement Fund is one of several ways that OCFEC provides support to local philanthropic groups and other organizations.
The Community Meeting Space Program allows groups to use meeting rooms for free or at a discount and the Community Event Rental Waiver program offers free or discounted use of facilities for events and larger meetings. Facilities must not be booked for other uses and particular criteria must be met. Staffing and equipment rental or usage costs are not included in the fee waiver and are subject to charges.
Organizations interested in applying for any of OCFEC’s community programs can soon fill out an application online at ocfair.com/communityprograms.