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All the fun of the fair returns to the South Coast

The Fair opened on Wednesday
Caroline Feraday
The Fair opened on Wednesday

After a two year postponement because of the pandemic, the Ventura County Fair is back.

The tagline is "Ventura County Fair rides again," as it returned Wednesday after a two year absence for the pandemic.

But it’s not just about the thrill rides, says the Fairground’s Marketing Director, James Lockwood.

"The community has been waiting a long time for this and they are so loyal to the tradition of Ventura County Fair.

"It's a country fair with ocean air and it means something different to every person in the county," he said.

Lockwood said many come for the livestock auction on Friday 12th, or the crafts competitions as well as to ride the carousels and eat the calorific offerings.

The first day saw crowds flocking back to the Fairgrounds – like Lucia Avila and her family from Ventura.

"We missed out on the last year and so it's exciting to come back," said Avila.

Having grown up in Ventura, Avila said she was excited to be able to return now with her own children.

The Ventura County Fair runs to 14 August.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.