The California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation
To preserve and enrich the heritage of the 16th District Agricultural Association and showcase agricultural industries to the community; to offer support to the 4-H and FFA projects and create agricultural education opportunities; maintain a standard of excellence in the facilities and create capital improvement opportunities and to serve as an arm of the California Mid-State Fair that can accept charitable donations.
Latest from the CMSF Heritage Foundation:
- Application for 2022 SLO County Ag Awareness and CMSF Heritage Foundation Scholarship is now available. Click here for application.
- The CMSF Heritage Foundation held an online auction from June 14 - June 18, 2021. We would like to give a SHOUT OUT all of the sponsors for this event: Pacific Beverage Company, Country Waste Recycle, Paso Robles Waste Recycle, Templeton Floor Company, Inc., Viborg Sand & Gravel, Inc., Weyrick Companies, Inc., Adler Belmont Insurance Brokers, Bovino Vineyards, Far West Wealth Management/LPL Financial, Four Seasons Outfitters, Matthew Virgie O Dragicevich WY Foundation Trust, Mike and Wendy Hall, Martha Spalding, Attorney at Law. We appreciate your continuing support of the Heritage Foundation and our efforts to uphold our mission.
- If you would like to be on the wait list for membership, send an email to email@example.com
- To learn about or donate to the Hugh Pitt's Capital Campaign Fund, click here!
The general concept of the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation (CMSFHF) was to incorporate the traditional fairgoer into a fee based organization. Imagine many small sponsors becoming one large business partner to the fair. San Luis Obispo County has many pioneer, agricultural families that remain active members of our community.
During the 1990’s, community support had fallen, due to the perception that the heritage and integrity of which this fair was built upon was not being cherished and preserved. A program needed to be developed that would accomplish three tasks:
- Invite the citizens of the Central Coast to become involved in the fair
- Create a non-profit 501(c)(3)
- Generate capital funding
Hence CMSFHF was developed to fulfill these needs.
The CMSFHF was introduced during a dinner party hosted for key community leaders, past and current board of directors and corporate sponsors in late May 1999. The goal with only 10 weeks until the start of the fair was to have 20 memberships, however, by opening day there were 100 memberships of the CMSFHF!
The first major project was a 200×300 foot covered arena that was completed by July 2000. Twenty years later we have now donated over $12,000,000 worth of capital improvements to our fair grounds.