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Heritage: Present

77th Annual Fair – July 30 – August 7, 2021 

The Heritage Exhibit was held in Heritage Hall, displaying the fairground’s history with photos and memorabilia. The Fairgrounds Heritage Foundation board members were available to answer questions and give guided tours. A scavenger hunt encouraged young and old to learn more about the fairground’s history by searching the exhibit for answers to questions about the Cheery Farmer, Miss Santa Clara County, the San Jose Rodeo, the Fairview train, and much, much more. A life-sized Cheery Farmer sat on a park bench, waiting for folks to sit next to him and have their photos taken.

 If you did not get an opportunity to visit, you can still see the Heritage Exhibit by taking the virtual tour. Items are presented by each decade since the 1940’s. You can see photos of the State House, the installation of the iconic fairgrounds arch, and many other events and activities held at the fairgrounds.

Memorabilia  – Donation or Loan

We are continually looking for items to add to our fairground’s memorabilia collection that might be in your closet, garage, storage unit, or at your parent’s or a family member’s homes. Our memorabilia is documented using professional museum software, stored in archival boxes and housed in a secure location.

  • Photos
  • Buttons
  • Mugs
  • Paperwork or reports
  • Programs
  • T-shirts or hats
  • Entry books or forms
  • Livestock auction books or paperwork

Ideas – how about items from:

 

  • The Annual Fair
  • Horse or car racing
  • Concerts and Entertas
  • Happy Farmer or Cheery Farmer
  • Fine Arts Exhibit
  • Fairview Train
  • Carnival
  • Miss Santa Clara County/ Jr King and Queen/Sr King and Queen
  • Harvest Festival and Holiday Faire
  • Dance Recitals/Square Dancing
  • Scouting Events
  • FFA and 4-H awards, clothing, pins buttons

Donate your items

To arrange item donations, please email us.

Not ready to donate?

Please consider loaning your items for a specified time. We are happy to explain to you our loan policy and procedures to ensure the safety of your items.

Become a Heritage Ambassador

We are looking for volunteers to help grow our collection and knowledge of the fairground’s history. Interested in doing research to find additional information about the fairground’s history? Are you a ‘behind the scenes’ volunteer and want to help archive the items and stories by learning how to use the museum quality software? We are looking for passionate fairgrounds supporters who want to help preserve our history. If you are interested, please send us an email.

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