• Rear side of Crosetti Hall and site of the new event equipment housing facility.

  • Conceptual Image, Proposed Water Storage

  • New Patio Connection

  • The new SCCFHF Office

janelleThe 2015 Fair is only two months from now and it’s time once again for the annual Heritage Hog Fundraising Program. Each year we select a youth to raise the Heritage Hog for the Santa Cruz County Fair Livestock Auction on Saturday, September 19 and ask the community to donate to the Heritage Hog beginning now and culminating with bids for the Heritage Hog at the Livestock Auction. Your tax-deductible donations support projects at the Fairgrounds.

This year Janell Moules has been selected to raise the Heritage Hog for the Livestock Auction and for raising this hog, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Santa Cruz County Fair is the home for many youth activities in our area including 4-H, FFA, Junior Fair Board, Junior Livestock, little league, horsemanship, youth exhibit programs, 2nd Saturday on the Farm and other community events that focus on youth. We are proud that all of these programs help our kids learn leadership, teamwork and community participation. The Santa Cruz County Fair is one place that our youth can showcase their accomplishments. Most of the 350 events scheduled on the Fairgrounds this year benefit our youth.

Most take place on weekends. Last year the main well for the Fairgrounds quit. So we used 2014 Heritage Hog donations to remove the old pipes and replace them with new ones, install a new well pump and a computer monitoring system to inform us of problems and water usage. The new monitoring system demonstrates that the current water tanks only store enough water to supply the Fairgrounds for about 3 ••• hours during peak demand – not nearly enough for busy times on the Fairgrounds, especially weekends and the annual fair. Clearly, we need more storage for water. Your Donation today will help with the $100,000 needed to purchase two Water Storage Tanks placed on Permanent Foundations By using the enclosed form or going online at sccfheritage.org to donate you will help us reach this goal and ensure that we can continue to provide great services to our community – and to our youth. Donors will be a Guest of Honor at the Livestock Auction on Saturday, September 19 and invited to the Heritage Foundation Hospitality Suite and Special Preview of the 2015 Fair on Tuesday evening, September 15. Will you please HELP us help our youth and our community?

Thank you!

Julie Oliver
Jeannie Kegebein Heritage Hog Chairperson President

More About Janell:

This will be her 9th hog she has raised. She showed her first hog in 2007 and raised 6 dairy cows/heifers and 1 steer.  This year will be her last Fair showing animals. Janell was a member of 4-H for 7 years and is now an independent, involved with church and Portuguese events.

Janell plans to attend Folsom Junior College and then either Sacramento State or CSU Stanislaus, majoring in elementary education with an agriculture focus.

image001Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation Donors and Members Get a Round of Applause for their help in Funding a new storage building at the Fairgrounds!

It might not sound like such a big deal, but the new storage building behind the Crosetti Building that was recently completed represents a huge improvement, and believe it or not, the fairgrounds of the future.

image002When all of the major buildings on the fairgrounds were originally constructed they were designed to be used only at fair time. Actually, fairgrounds were not allowed to have other rental events on the properties until around 1959. But now, the fairgrounds relies on having as many events year round as possible and holding events in the Crosetti and Harvest buildings — not storing furniture in them.

“Most of our events require some variety of chairs, tables, stages, and various other equipment,” said Fair Manager Dave Kegebein. “None of the fairgrounds buildings have storage space for this type of equipment, so when all of the buildings are in use, such as at fair time, this equipment ends up sitting outside exposed to the elements. As one might guess, this is expensive equipment that needs to remain in good shape for the customers to use when needed.”

Time and money had also been wasted moving equipment from place to place to keep it stored, shifting it between buildings that were open. So, while this type of improvement project might not seem quite as visible as many of the improvements that the foundation and their supporters have made possible over the last few years, building a proper storage facility for this type of equipment was a very high priority project that will provide lots of long-term benefit to the fairgrounds.

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is one of the treasures of the Central Coast—providing a unique venue for recreation, education, science, sports, and charitable activities that enrich our community. It is utilized by companies, schools and community groups year-round.

The Fairgrounds also plays an important role as an evacuation center for people and animals in the tri-County area in the event of a fire or other natural disaster. The subsidies from California horse racing which supported the Fairgrounds in the past have dwindled, resulting in the need for annual fundraising. To help the Fairgrounds maintain a high level of excellence in its facilities, the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation raises funds with the help of volunteers and implements capital improvement projects on the grounds. Become a member today, and together we can ensure the continued vitality of this important community resource.