I have been asked repeatedly the reason for the 2011 Orange County Fair success thus far.
OK, let's go for a jog — of memory.
The unprecedented run of the 2011 O.C. Fair with the 20% increase in gate attendance, while difficult to explain and define, is not without precursor. The 2002 O.C. Fair, with the theme "Leap into the Fair," caused a quantum "Leap into the Future" and still ranks as one of the most successful fairs in history, even though the gross numbers of the 2010 and other past fairs are higher.
That year, Board President Curt Pringle led casting the die for the next decade of fair activity that I believe has the 2011 O.C. Fair nearing heaven's gate. As you may know, a short time later, Pringle became a two-term mayor of Anaheim, a major entertainment hub of Southern California. You now know his warm-up.