Attendance and revenue rose again this year at the Solano County Fair in Vallejo, fair officials announced this week.
Nearly 43,000 fairgoers attended the 2012 version of the fair, which concluded Aug. 5, and ticket revenue, carnival receipts and food and beverage sales each rose more than 5 percent, officials said.
“Many factors contributed to this year’s accomplishments
including great weather and fair dates that come at a perfect time to catch people after they’re home from summer vacations, but before school starts,” said Gary Falati, president of the fair's board of directors.
"The Solano County community really responded to our ongoing focus on local exhibits, entertainment and attractions."
This year's fair featured the usual crafts, art and Solano-grown livestock and farm products, but also presented performances from a list of local artists.
Local artists who performed at the 5-day festival included internationally known R&B artists Con Funk Shun, which started in Vallejo, and played before an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd at the fair's Festival Stage.
Bay Area performers Tower of Power also rocked the Festival Stage this year.
Solano acts The Honeybee Trio and Abyss Rising graced the Bay Stage on Aug. 1, the fair's opening day.
Other local performers on the fair's Bay Stage included Berkeley rockers Thirstbusters and Vacaville county band Rick Harris and Silverado.
Fair General Manager Mike Paluszak said local sponsor contributions rose more than 70 percent this year, a tribute to the fair's concentration on local talent.
“We continue to focus our fair efforts on all things local, and that is proving to be the right direction for our fair as evidenced by the support we are receiving in all areas, including our sponsors,” Paluszak said.
Next year's fair is also expected to take place during the first week of August, officials said.