Janet Meyers introduced Michael Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of the California Mid State Fair. He is a 4th generation Californian and provides a unique combination of fairs and exposition management, non-profit leadership and business development; he’s de- veloped an extensive background in agriculture and hands-on experience in marketing and community relations. Most recently he has directed the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix as the CEO.

Mike told us that the Fair began having entertainment in 1969 with Buck Owens as the
first artist. This year’s entertainment will include some of the biggest names in the industry including Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Pitbull, to name a few.

50% of attendees come from outside a 50 mile radius and 440,000 people attend annually. Because of this, it was decided to adopt a new slogan, “America’s Favorite Fair”.

The mission of the California Mid State Fair Heritage Foundation is to preserve and enrich the heritage of the 16th District Agricultural Association and showcase agricultural industries to the community; to offer support to the 4-H and FFA projects and create agricultural education opportunities; maintain a standard of excellence in the facilities and create capital improvement opportunities and to serve as an arm of the California Mid-State Fair that can accept charitable donations. A new building, the Paso Robles Pavilion, is a 100,000 square foot building which was a gift from the Heritage Foundation. The building will only house events related to the Fair and agri- culture, but can serve as shelter during natural disasters.

One of the main goals of the Fair is to give kids a learning experience. Many under the age of 40, according to Mike, believe milk comes from the grocery store. California produces more food than Iowa and Texas combined. Future Farmers of America (FFA) is the largest single youth organization in the country with over 85,000 students in California FFA clubs alone!

At the end of his presentation, Mike advised us that 2 tickets to any non-sold out performance, either for the 2018 or 2019 Fair would be donated to out club! Than you Mike!