Adopt the Fairgrounds
2018 saw record-breaking wildfires throughout the state of California, the largest of which occurred in Lake County. The Mendocino Complex fire burned over 400,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of the fairgrounds' home city of Lakeport, only allowing return 16 days before fair. Prior to the fire, the new Adopt the Fair program saw service clubs, schools, community activity groups, and vocational clubs pledge to design, landscape, and brand certain areas of the fairgrounds. As many were unable to return home in time for fair, it was astounding how the community stepped forward to fulfill their pledges. Community support for the fair was further demonstrated with a 32% rise in attendance and a record-breaking livestock auction.