OC Fair, Costa Mesa, Calif. (Photo by OC Fair and Event Center)

Kathy Kramer joined the OC Fair team in Costa Mesa, Calif., in January and spent her first fair watching and learning. Though attendance for the fair’s 125th anniversary dipped slightly due to rain on the fair’s kickoff and a heat wave the closing weekend, increased carnival numbers and fairgoer participation in promotions showed that guests were engaged and ready to spend money.

On trend with last year, atten...

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