Encinitas resident wins fair tickets for life

Encinitas resident wins fair tickets for life
Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO Tim Fennell, left, congratulates Encinitas resident Tania Cotta on June 29. Cotta was the millionth guest to the fair and won tickets for life. Courtesy photo

ENCINITAS — Tania Cotta had little idea the San Diego County Fair ticket she purchased at a little after 4 p.m. on June 29 would be the last one she’d ever have to buy.

That was until confetti cannons burst, horns started to blow, Pharrell’s “Happy” started to blare from the speakers, and fair workers informed her that she was the millionth visitor to the fair’s latest installment, known as “The Fab Fair.”

As fair officials said in a press release, Cotta “received all of the pomp and circumstance of British royalty,” complete with fair regalia and special gifts.

“I was wondering what was going on when I walked through the gate because there were so many Fair workers lined up, and then wow,” Cotta said. “My best friend Nicole and I wanted to visit the Fair today to ride rides, eat our favorite Fair food, and just hang out, and then this happened.”

And for the first time, the fair was making a big deal out of milestone — Cotta received a Lifetime Fair Admission pass, food vouchers worth more than $100, free concert tickets of her choice for any of the remaining shows, VIP tickets to the Big Bite Bacon Fest on July 5 and a Professional Bull Riding event on Aug. 16, and gifts from fair vendors, including a $700 gas grill.

“I never win anything,” Cotta said. “I am so thankful for your generosity.”

The San Diego County Fair, which posted at least one million visitors every year since 1989, also passed another milestone Sunday, as the event reached its 50-millionth visitor since attendance records started being kept in 1947.

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