Celebrate! Napa Valley is the DBA that the Napa County Fair Association operates under, for the purposes of better describing what we do and who we are. The Fair Association serves the citizens of Napa County with cultural, social, and economic benefits in times of celebration as well as need. Citizens receive these benefits through participation in our many programs and the use of our facilities for education, entertainment, recreation, community life, tourism, and emergency response. We are located in the rural agricultural community of Calistoga, California.
Since 2012 and the loss of major financial support from the State of California, our Board of Directors and membership have worked diligently to assess the Association's programs and operations, define its governance structure, and ensure our relevancy to the greater Napa County community. To that end, we have changed the underlying purpose and membership structure of the Napa County Fair Association. The Association is a charitable, 501(c)(3), public-benefit membership organization, recognizing that it is every citizen of Napa County who benefits from our operations, programs, and services.
Now, more than ever, the Association is dependent on local community support for its operations, programs, and facilities upkeep. In order to maintain this incredible public asset for the citizens of Napa County and continue to provide the much needed services of community celebrations and emergency response facilities, we fundraise on behalf of all citizens of Napa County.
Our primary activity is to produce the Napa County Fair and to manage and make our facilities available to the public for their educational and recreational use. In 2014, we redefined the concept of a county fair from a single, multi-day event into a year-long, celebration of life in Napa Valley with three memorable events for our community: Calistoga’s annual 4th of July fair, a summer celebration of our Hispanic community’s culture, and, ending the year with our dinner and cocktail party on New Year’s Eve. And in 2015 we’ll add even more celebrations, including our inaugural art festival and women’s mud run.
The second part of the Association's primary activity is to operate, maintain, and make the County's facilities available to the public for their educational and recreational use. To this end, we offer other programs and facilities for community events. Our facilities are used by nearly all local non-profits for their fundraising efforts, raising over $500,000 annually that they invest back into local programs such as youth and women scholarships, dictionaries for third graders, bike helmets for fourth graders, youth sports, reading glasses for the elderly, underage drinking awareness, and much more. The Fair Association also makes the facilities available to the public for its use for private special events such as weddings, family reunions, and life celebrations.
Located in the Napa Valley wine country, we operate in a local economy driven by tourism. Our economic benefits to our community come through our hosting of large, tourist-attracting events such as auto racing at the historic Calistoga Speedway, art festivals, music festivals, car shows, marathons, and much more. In addition, we operate a year-round RV Park (Calistoga RV Park). All of these activities, including our well-located facilities, bring tourists to Calistoga who contribute to our local economy by staying overnight, dining in our restaurants, as well as shopping, wine tasting, and other recreational activities in our rural community. We also offer a nine-hole golf course (Mount St. Helena Golf Course) and driving range, an asset to our local lodging properties, as their guests seek recreational activities.
Our facilities are also an integral part of the emergency response plan for Napa County, at times being used to house flood victims, large animals such as cattle and horses, and host to fire camps.
Our activities further our exempt purposes by lessening the burdens of government of the Napa County Board of Supervisors to provide their citizens with facilities for public use in pursuit of education, entertainment, recreation, community life, local economic support, and emergency response. In addition, we further our exempt purpose of agricultural education through our Napa County Fair activities, promoting agriculture through our statewide olive oil competition, local gardening and farming competitions and exhibits, and hands-on agricultural stations for children.
We invite you to join in the celebration of the quality of life in Napa Valley.