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2020 Fair Cancelation


(POSTED 5/28/20)

The 16th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors have announced that the 2020 California Mid-State Fair, scheduled to take place July 22 through August 2, has been canceled. The decision was based on the current restrictions from state and local leaders regarding mass gatherings. After thorough discussion, the Board voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Fair.

Board president David Baldwin said, “The well-being and health of our community is our top priority. Putting on a safe and fun Fair has always been our goal, and we had remained hopeful that the 2020 Fair could indeed happen. However, the current restrictions have made that impossible. We will miss this year’s Fair tremendously, but we are now turning our focus to making sure our 4-H, FFA and Industrial Arts exhibitors are taken care of.”

Interim CEO Bojorquez said, “We are deeply saddened that we will not be able to host this year’s Fair and the decision was not made lightly. But, it is the right decision in order to protect the health and safety of our patrons. Our Board and staff will continue to focus our efforts to support our youth exhibitors and although we will miss seeing all the smiles, eating all the food, and experiencing all the fun this year, we will be back to celebrate “The Biggest Little Fair…Anywhere” in 2021.”

The 2021 California Mid-State Fair is set to run July 21 – August 1 and we will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary.

Ticket Refunds

For those patrons who have not seen their ticket refund credit from the California Mid-State Fair on any current credit card documentation (July postings) please note the following information we received from Merchant Services Department when inquiring on your behalf:
For any current or closed credit card accounts, the issuing bank will know where to post the refund to even on a new replacement account. Each issuing bank could have different procedures, so any cardholder who has not seen or believes that they have not been issued their refund from the California Mid-State Fair will need to call the issuing bank to clarify.
Thank you.



Please read the PDF HERE



According to our merchant services, the refunds are being processed in tonight’s “cycle”. Card issuing banks will be funded by tomorrow morning and the issuing banks could take up to 10 days to their cardholders. Again, this was a glitch in the transaction processing, and we apologize for the delay.



Refund Update: On June 9, 2020, the California Mid-State Fair issued refunds to all patron accounts who purchased their concert and/or admission tickets through our website or call center. However, due to an unforeseen internal issue at the credit card processing company, refunds were delayed. The processor is continuing to work on getting all refunds returned to patron’s credit card accounts as soon as possible. We apologize for the delay and want to assure you we are working diligently to resolve the issue.


As you, the California Mid-State Fair staff is saddened by the cancelation of our 2020 Fair and by the fact that we won’t be a part of your summer this year. For those who had purchased Entertainment, Hospitality Tent or Admission tickets, to this year’s Fair, we want to thank you for your support. Below is the explanation on how refunds will be issued.

Tickets purchased directly from the Official California Mid-State Fair Website or Call Center ( or 1-800-909-FAIR):

If you purchased your tickets from the California Mid-State Fair website or call center, we have it handled. Your refund will automatically be issued to the original form of payment used to make your purchase. You should expect to receive your refund in as soon as 20 days.

Tickets purchased directly at the California Mid-State Fair Box Office (2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA 93446):

Customers who purchased their tickets directly at the California Mid-State Fair Box Office must return the original tickets along with the completed Ticket Refund form to the California Mid-State Fair Box Office, in order for us to arrange and process your refund. As our office is currently closed, the following arrangements have been made for you to return your tickets, as soon as possible, to receive your refund.

Download and complete the 2020 Ticket Refund Form HERE.

Attach tickets to form and place both in an envelope and seal. Mail or drop envelope to:

Mail: CMSF/Box Office, PO Box 8, Paso Robles, CA 93447

Drop off: CMSF Secure Drop Box - located just north of Main Administration Office entrance (at Main Fair Entrance). Signs are up to direct you to the secure drop box window which is clearly identified.

If your tickets were paid for by Credit Card, your refund will be issued to the original form of payment used to make your purchase. You should expect to receive your refund in as soon as 20 days.

If you paid for your tickets with Cash or Check, a refund check will be mailed out to you. You should expect to receive your refund check in as soon as 10 days of returning your tickets.

If you have not received your refund, from us, within the time frame stated above please contact us at Be sure to include in your email: your account name and number, the show and number of tickets purchased and how (internet/phone/box office) you purchased your tickets.

Please Note: refunds are processed for the face value of the ticket and any per ticket fees paid at the time of purchase.

Tickets purchased through a Third-Party Site/Dealer or Transaction:

If you purchased your tickets from a third-party site/dealer or transaction you must contact them directly in order to receive a refund for your tickets. The California Mid-State Fair Box Office will not be able to assist you with your refund.

Junior Livestock Show and Auction

The California Mid-State Fair is committed to assisting all of our Junior Livestock exhibitors. To that end, we will be facilitating a "virtual" auction on/about the end of July 2020 and/or the beginning of August 2020. Please communicate with your 4-H and/or FFA leaders about further details.

We will also facilitate some sort of show, depending on where the State is at moving through the Governor's re-opening timeline. The show will either be "live/in-person" or "virtual". Again, please communicate with your 4-H and/or FFA leaders about further details.

Industrial Arts

The California Mid-State Fair is committed to assisting all of our Industrial Arts exhibitors. To that end we will be having some sort of display/auction in the near future, either "live/in-person" or "virtual", depending on where the State is at moving through the Governor's re-opening guidelines. Please communicate with your advisor for further details.



Vendors with a SIGNED contract AND paid the minimum deposit/guarantee:
  1. Apply full payment to the 2021 Fair. This will secure your location for 2021 and will give you priority for any opportunity for relocation if requested and available. Any additional monies paid beyond the minimum deposit/guarantee may also be applied to 2021 or may be requested for refund without penalty.
  2. Request a full refund. Your participation in 2021 is secure and you must pay your deposit/guarantee by January 1 to secure your location. Your priority for relocation requests will be after vendors with a paid deposit/guarantee (option 1 above) and before any New Vendors.

To record your choice for your monies paid, please complete this form no later than July 31, 2020. Vendors who do not respond by this deadline will be automatically in option 1 as listed above.

Vendors with a SIGNED contract BUT have not paid the minimum deposit/guarantee:
  1. To secure your participation in 2021, nothing further is needed.
  2. To secure your participation AND location for 2021, pay your minimum deposit/guarantee no later than July 15. Payments received by this date will also provide you priority for relocation requests if opportunities are available. Contact the Vendor Manager to make a payment.
Vendors without a signed contract and New Vendors
The 2021 Fair application will be available by November/December and online only at Please check back then to submit your interest to participate in the 2021 Fair. This application is the mandatory first step in joining the California Mid-State Fair.
Any approvals or previous applications are no longer valid and a New Vendor application must be submitted in order to be considered.


If you have already entered Exhibits for the 2020 Fair, you have been contacted directly regarding your entries. Please check your email. If you have further questions, please contact us at

“The Fair may have been canceled but WE are excited to offer an alternative way to exhibit this year! “

WE have created a fun way to enter your hard work… by creating a VIRTUAL FAIR with categories streamlined to allow folks to get their entries judged and seen by all… just virtually! Please look at the information for the 2020 Virtual Still Exhibits at the California Mid-State Fair by clicking HERE

In 2021 we will continue our 75th Anniversary celebration and keep the original 2020 Exhibit Handbook along with its divisions and classes.