Earl Warren Showgrounds vision for future community forum topic
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Like the fairground rides, Earl Warren Showgrounds has had its ups and downs, but the CEO told those attending the first public engagement forum that things are looking bright financially.
Ben Sprague said: “Everyone can improve in one way or another, and we certainly can. We have to deal with a lot of different interviews, but we’re growing up, we’re in better financial shape than we have known for 25 years.”
The state-owned fairgrounds in the 19th Agricultural District are named after former Governor and Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren.
It is known for its national horse show and riders want to see more.
Equestrian Kevin Snow said: “I am concerned that the equestrian function will be maintained and renovated so that horse shows can continue to come here and celebrate a very important part of our cultural and agricultural interest.”
Donations helped pay the bill for an equestrian renovation project and the new roof at Warren Hall.
Some people who attended the forum shared their fondest memories of concerts at the fairgrounds.
Shiela O’Brien Snow, who sits on the historic landmarks commission, said: “Sonny and Cher were here, The Doors, I believe Jimmy Hendrix was there.”
She recommends flower shows, but hopes for more events that celebrate history.
People may be able to get some ideas at the upcoming Santa Barbara Fair and Expo from April 27 to May 1, 2022.
Meet Me At The Fair is the theme.
Sprague said, “Come to the fair, spend some money, check out the place, think about what, what might actually be going on here.”
Forums like this will now be monthly at 3400 Calle Real, outside the fairground administration office.
For more information, visit EarlWarren.com.