Category Archives: Board of Directors
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (2:03 pm)
Fair Board pays tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month
During September’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, members paid tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The presentation highlighted the contributions Hispanics have made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (4:46 pm)
Gov. Newsom appoints Melahat Rafiei to OC Fair Board
SACRAMENTO (Sept. 21, 2021) – Melahat Rafiei, 44, of Anaheim, has been appointed to the 32nd District Agricultural Association (Orange County Fair Board).
Rafiei has been Secretary at the California Democratic Party since 2021. She has been Principal at Progressive Solutions Consulting since 2009 and a Co-Founder of WeCann since 2017. Rafiei was Executive Director at the Democratic Party of Orange County from 2007 to 2009 and a Board Member at the Community Action Fund from 2007 to 2013. She is a delegate for the California Democratic Party and a member of Democratic National Committee and the City of Anaheim’s Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Sunday, July 25, 2021 (2:06 pm)
A statement from OC Fair & Event Center
The OC Fair does not condone hate or racist symbolism on our fairgrounds. Our security staff and the OC Sheriff’s Department routinely patrol the fairgrounds to monitor threats to the community. We have reviewed our procedures and security will continue to take all necessary action in the future.
Saturday, June 26, 2021 (1:47 pm)
Fair Board pays tribute to Pride Month
During June’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, members paid tribute to Pride Month.
The presentation highlighted the contributions LGBTQ+ have made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 (3:16 pm)
Fair Board pays tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During May’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, members representing the Community Affairs Committee paid tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The presentation highlighted the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (2:50 am)
County opens vaccine Super POD at OC Fair & Event Center
The County of Orange opened a large COVID-19 vaccination site on March 31 at OC Fair & Event Center and it is expected to provide up to 2,000 inoculations per day, with that number increasing as vaccine supplies increase.
The site features both drive-up handicapped-access lanes as well as a walk-up area where vaccines are administered indoors. Vaccines are by appointment only Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit othena.com to book an appointment.
“OC Fair & Event Center always stands ready to serve the community in times of need and there is currently no greater need than helping provide the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine to the people of Orange County,” said OC Fair & Event Center Board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “The Board and staff of the OC Fair are proud to assist with this vaccine rollout as we continue to be a valuable resource to the people of Orange County.”
Rubalcava-Garcia joined OC Supervisor Katrina Foley and other officials to welcome the media to the opening of the vaccine site at a press conference on March 31.
For more information on vaccines and on COVID-19 in Orange County, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com.
Friday, March 26, 2021 (12:08 pm)
Fair Board pays tribute to Women’s History Month
At yesterday’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, CEO Michele Richards, representing the Community Affairs Committee, paid tribute to Women’s History Month.
The presentation highlighted the contributions women have made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.
View the full presentation: ocfair.com/womenshistorymonthocfec/
Thursday, March 25, 2021 (11:08 am)
Dates announced for 2021 OC Fair!
Today the OC Fair announced dates for the much-anticipated annual event – July 16- Aug. 15. The theme is “Time for Fun,” celebrating the joy of the return of Southern California’s favorite summer festival.
“We are grateful to plan for an exciting, and safe, OC Fair this year,” said OC Fair Board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “This milestone will allow the community to come together to celebrate the future and generate much-needed opportunities for economic development and growth in Orange County. The Board and staff have done a fantastic job of responsibly managing our finances and preparing to meet safe reopening guidelines to not just make it through the pandemic, but to emerge resilient and ready for 2021 and beyond.”
OC Fair officials have been working closely with public health agencies to develop protocols to keep fairgoers safe while bringing back carnival rides, fair food, entertainment, competitions, animals and more to fair fans. The plans for the 2021 OC Fair are based on health agency projections for the summer, but could change if warranted by public health conditions.
Advance ticket sales will be required and limited capacity will give fairgoers more elbow room. The number of concessions, rides and shopping vendors will be reduced and spaced out to provide more distance between each. Admission tickets will go on sale May 1 on ocfair.com.
“We have worked through many different scenarios for the 2021 OC Fair and we are so excited to move forward with this plan because it means that we really can bring back the fun, and that’s why I love this year’s theme,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We want everyone to continue to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated so we can finally celebrate summer together again.”
The Fair Board voted to keep ticket prices at the 2019 OC Fair rates, $12 general admission and $7 for children and seniors on weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday), and $14 general admission and $7 for children and seniors on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The current plan is for the fair to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as it traditionally has been. There is a change to move Friday into weekend pricing and OC Fair will absorb the online ticket sale fees.
Announcements regarding concerts in Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar will be coming soon.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (8:49 am)
Statement on hate crimes from OC Fair & Event Center
All senseless acts of hate and violence hurt our community. OC Fair & Event Center stands in solidarity with our guests, neighbors, employees and partners in the AAPI community. When members of our community are suffering, that impacts us all. We echo the resolution passed by our Board of Directors to denounce all acts of discrimination and violence, and will continue to work toward positive change and greater equality, diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community we celebrate.
Friday, February 26, 2021 (10:03 am)
Board of Directors honors Black History Month
At yesterday’s OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors meeting, Directors Nick Kovacevich and Robert Ruiz, representing the Community Affairs Committee, paid tribute to Black History Month.
The presentation highlighted the contributions the Black community has made to Orange County’s communities, education and heritage, and to agriculture throughout California.
View the full presentation: ocfair.com/blackhistorymonthocfec