California State Fair
Starting in San Francisco in 1854, the California State Fair and Exposition began as a vehicle to showcase, encourage, and expand California's agricultural industry. It quickly became an attraction for thousands of residents, both local and from across the state. By 1884, it occupied the largest exhibit hall in the United States. Within 100 years, it became the largest fair in the country by adding horse racing, elaborate exhibits from every county in the state and from around the world, thrill rides, top-flight entertainment, and, of course, the best food. The original goal of the fair was met some 50 years ago, as California remains the nation's top producer of agricultural products.
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1954 State Fair Agricultural Hall Agricultural Park Agricultural Society Alta California America California attended background Balbriggan balloon Broadway and Stockton Cal Expo California Exposition California State Agricultural California State Fair Capitol Park cars celebrating construction contest Counties Exhibit building cover crowd Daily Alta California display event Expo Center Fair was held fair was moved fair's fairgoers fairgrounds fans Ferris wheels fire Floriculture Pavilion Forest Stewardship Council front Goodwin Knight grandstand Hall of Flowers harness racing held in Sacramento Horse racing horse show image shows industrial infield jockey located looks Maid of California main gate McCurry midway Mission Delores monorail nearly Northern California opening day photograph captures photograph from August photograph shows photograph was taken Phyllis Yarwood racetrack riders rides Sacramento County Sacramento Public Library Sacramento Room San Francisco seen shown SOUVENIR GUIDE BOOK stock show Stockton Boulevard track unidentified visible Warren water tower water-ski Weinstock Lubin