DEL MAR — For the fourth year in a row, the San Diego County Fair set an all-time attendance record. During the 24-day event, 1,517,508 guests enjoyed the “Out Of This World” theme, attractions, shows, exhibits, food and rides. The previous attendance record, 1,412,113, was set in 2011.The largest one-day attendance during the 2012 Fair was 92,407 on the final day, July 4. It was the fifth highest crowd in Fair history. The largest single-day attendance ever was 101,867 July 3, 1998.
The San Diego County Fair is the sixth largest fair in the nation and is the largest event in San Diego County. Preliminary numbers for the 2012 San Diego County Fair Food Facts showed deep-fried Oreos, 60,000 sold; deep-fried pineapple rings, 20,000 sold; deep-fried Peanut Butter and Jelly, 15,000 sold; deep-fried cereal bars, 10,000 sold; Belly Buster burgers, 180,000 sold; deep-fried green beans, 1,200 sold; sweet potato Tater Tots, 700 sold; Beach fries, 900 sold; meatball sliders, 4,300 sold and Beach tacos, 4,800 sold.
Additional food stats included:
— Country Fair cinnamon rolls used more than 10,000 pounds of whole-wheat cinnamon roll mix this year, and 3,000 pounds of cream cheese for 5,000 pounds of cream-cheese icing. Country Fair also brewed more than 200 pounds of coffee.
— Australian Battered Potatoes used 15,000 pounds of potatoes this year. Those potatoes were dipped into 15,000 pounds of batter, and fried in 10,500 pounds of oil. They were topped with 100 cases of cheese sauce and a whole pallet of ranch dressing.
— Bacon-A-Fair sizzled up more than 250,000 pieces of bacon and sold 5,000 pieces of chocolate-covered bacon.
— The Biggie’s Meat Market used 5,000 pounds of ground beef, 17,500 pounds of potatoes for curly fries, 400 gallons of gourmet sauce, a full pallet (400 gallons) of ketchup, 1,600 heads of lettuce, and 2,500 tomatoes. 10,000 pounds of The Big Rib were sold with 400 gallons of smoky, garlic zesty and spicy BBQ Sauce.
— Grinders sold more than 10,000 sandwiches, going through 2,500 pounds of pastrami, which is their biggest-selling sandwich by far. Grinders customers consumed 800 pounds of turkey and 400 pounds of Monterey Jack cheese.
Fireworks America from Lakeside designed the July 4 Fireworks Show. The 20-minute display consisted of: 220 2