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San Diego County Fair wraps up for 2018

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 17:47:43-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) - The 2018 San Diego County Fair came close to record attendance, fair officials reported Thursday. 

The fair started in the late 1800s and now welcomes more than one million visitors every year. 

Here’s at look at the fair by the numbers: 

Attendance: 1,561,236 guests (the record is 1,609,481) 

Bacon: More than 30,000 pounds of bacon were used by Bacon-A-Fair, a popular food vendor. 


  • Australian Battered Potatoes used 14,000 pounds of potatoes  

  • Biggy's Meat Market used 10 pallets of potatoes 

  • Grinders sold over 7,000 pounds of fries 

  • Pink's sold over 7,900 pounds of French fries 

  • Tasti Chips served 14,000 French fries 

Beer: Mike Hess sold the equivalent of 86 kegs of beer, including a special tangerine brew made for the fair. 

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Chicken: The perennial favorite Chicken Charlie’s branched out to deep-fried filet mignon this year. 5,000 pounds were served to hungry fairgoers. 3,000 pounds of sugar were used to make the Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwich. Hang on to your diet - Charlie said he used a ‘truckload of oil’ to deep fry his specialties.  

Unicorns: One of the summer’s most popular foods was Unicorn Nitro Popcorn. The Candy Factory used 2,640 liters of liquid nitrogen to freeze the candied popcorn.  

Sugar: County Fair Cinnamon Rolls used three tons of cinnamon and sugar to make their famous cinnamon rolls.  

Ketchup, mayo and mustard: Fair attendees went through 500 gallons of ketchup, 200 gallons of mustard and 100 gallons of mayo.  

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Top 10 Rides: 

  • The Big Wheel 

  • Crazy Mouse 

  • G-Force 

  • Magnum 

  • Sky Flyer 

  • Olympic Bobs 

  • Fast Trax 

  • Carousel 

  • Rave Wave 

  • Alien Abduction 

Approximately 2,500 people went on the Super Bungee, and about 50 people got cold feet. The youngest person who went on it was nine and the oldest was 67.  

Make sure to keep your San Diego County Fair ticket. The ticket will work for a free admission to one of these fairs in California this year: 

  • California State Fair, (July 13-29) 

  • Orange County Fair (July 13-Aug. 12) 

  • Ventura County Fair (Aug. 1-12) 

  • Santa Clara County Fair (Aug.2-5) 

  • Sonoma County Fair (Aug 2-12)