Could the Dixon May Fair Leave Dixon?

It's “reasonable to question why there hasn't been more of an effort to join the Solano County Fair with the Dixon May Fair and relocate both to a more central Solano property," said the Vacaville Reporter editorial.


The Vacaville Reporter ran an editorial Sunday about the long-term vision of the Solano County Fair as it relates to the county fair grounds in Vallejo, near Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

The Solano360 Project calls for a revitalization that 149-acre property in Vallejo, but the editorial says it’s “reasonable to question why there hasn't been more of an effort to join the Solano County Fair with the Dixon May Fair and relocate both to a more central Solano property.”

Considering the fact that Dixon is the eastern-most point of Solano County on I-80, the presumption here is that the Dixon May Fair would move west, toward the center of the county.

That would mean it wouldn’t take place in Dixon, and since the Solano County Fair is held at the end of the summer, it possibly wouldn't take place in the month of May, either. But that's not the current plan. 

“Without a private offer or alternative vision, or any expressed desire between the two fairs to join forces, supervisors can only work with what they've got,” continues the editorial. “In this case, the plan that is headed their way seems like a reasonable, long-term proposal that could stimulate the economy for both the city of Vallejo and Solano County as a whole.”

What do you think about the suggestion that the two fairs could merge and happen at a "more central Solano property?" 

Robert Martino December 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Stupidiest thing I've ever heard. Two separate fairs. Leave Dixon's alone.
Gary Erwin December 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
We must remember that the land for the Fair was donated by Dixon families for the purpose of a picnic and horse racing park. It was later transferred to the State for the Dixon May Fair. I will stand against any move to sell or transfer the land for any purpose other than to benefit Dixon families in their pursuit of outdoor entertainment and enjoyment.
Dane Besneatte December 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Joining Dixon May Fair with Solano County Fair & moving it out of Dixon is a non-starter idea. Like tearing down the original Dixon train station, it would be the ultimate bone headed move. As Gary says, the land was given for a specific purpose and that purpose has been honored for over 135 years and by all means should continue. Besides, what would the Dixon May Fair be called if it were held in Vacaville or elsewhere not Dixon? May Fair Board members who approved something like that would probably have to beat a hasty retreat out of town, if they made it out at all, & could not show their faces in town. Thinking of who is on the DMF Board assures us such a move would never be approved..
Susan Watt December 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The Dixon May Fair is the last fair of it's kind. It not only is the 36th Agricultural District Fair but is also state owned. We do not need to merge with the Solano County Fair. Have you ever been to the Solano County Fair? It lacks the home town feel. Dixon's May Fair is centrally located as people travel from all over to attend. Being from Dixon my whole life and my father before me I would have to believe that this would hurt Dixon. Dixon businesses especially restaurants thrive during the Fair and is one of the last family events in Dixon. I also do not believe the Fair Board would never let this happen.
Katie Hackworth December 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Why would Dixon want to lose the revenue and exposure that the DIXON May Fair brings to our small town? This proposal sounds more like a slap in the face to all Dixon residents. "No more fair for your town. Instead we are going to move it out of town and make it later in the year and we don't care about your 4-H programs and the hit to your economy. Take one for the Solano County Team. ". Ummm, NO THANK YOU.
Kristin April December 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Dixon can not afford to lose another cent in revenue, true but this article clearly states, "Without a private offer or alternate vision, or any expressed desire between the two fairs to join forces, supervisors can only work with what they've got." It's essentially saying that someone had a bad idea that no one is supporting. I'd not give an idea like this any press if I were a writer for the Patch. Let's hear stories on how we ARE trying to generate more revenue for our town, restaurants, small businesses, etc.
Bil Paul December 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I've never been to the county fair in Vallejo. How is it different than the May Fair? Which fair gets the greater attendance? Which fair has the best entertainment on stage?
Debby Gabriel December 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
No Dixon May Fair needs to remain in Dixon where it belongs. I would not go if they moved it to Vallejo I hate to go there since the navy yard closed.
Art Walker December 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The Dixon Mayfair is a totally separate event, as it should be. Could this be another shameless money grab? I'm sure all the additional revenue for a CENTRAL location (i.e.Vacaville) at the expense of Vallejo and Dixon is only coincidental.
Gary Erwin December 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I don't care which Fair gets better attendance or which one has better entertainment. The Dixon May Fair is our Fair and we go to it because it is a part of us. I think this is a good example of people who have little “glue” in the town getting involved with a surreptitious plan of their own. Note: You are more than welcome to embrace, participate and contribute but please don’t try to take it away. Be forewarned of the backlash that will envelope and overtake you and your treacherous plans if you try. Written with a sharp pen and tongue in check, sort of.
Chris December 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Basically, the Dixon May Fair is an icon. Better entertainment is not measureable since they both have great acts. You can measure the amount of attendance but that is irrelevant since the Dixon May Fair Draws a crowd because of what and WHERE it is. In a Nutshell. I agree with Gary, if you don't like the Fair, Don't Go. It's ours and you can't have it without a huge fight. I volunteer there every year so I do have a vested interest.
Carol Pruett December 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I am with Gary. Leave it alone. This is Dixon and our May Fair. I feel safe at the Dixon Fair. I am sorry but I do not feel that way in Vallejo. If the Supervisors want a new Fairgrounds in Vallejo, so be it. But again dont mess with Dixon.
Jim Ernest December 21, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I was just looking at City-Data.com. Fairfield and Vallejo are running at around twice the national average for murders, rapes, assaults and robberies. Dixon is about average, and Vacaville a little below the national average. I think we need to get the western half of Solano County to get a grip on their crime before we start combining activities.
suzanne cook December 22, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I say leave Dixon Fair where it is...there is already a Solano County Fair...are we not May Fair? Who in the hell wants to go to Vallejo? Too much going on there!


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