Staff report

After having to cancel the Santa Maria Strawberry Festival because of the COVID-19 outbreak, officials at the Santa Maria Fairpark announced on April 3 the addition of a new festival to the fall schedule. 

The event isn’t yet named, but officials wanted to get the word out about it so that people will have something to look forward to, according to Fairpark CEO Richard Persons.

“It’s a tough time everywhere right now, and we wanted to give people something positive to look forward to,” Persons said. “We’ve secured a carnival and set the date for a new festival in the fall, to take place the weekend of Oct. 23 through 25.”

Persons went on to say that the new event will feature some great rides, plus all the food, games, attractions and other fun people love about the Strawberry Festival and the Santa Barbara County Fair. 

In the meantime, officials encouraged the public to continue to be vigilant about their health by staying home as much as possible and washing their hands. 

Planning for events beginning in June, as well as preparations for the Santa Barbara County Fair, scheduled from July 15-19, continues. According to Persons, expectations are that the fair will proceed as planned. Any changes to that event will be announced via social media, and the public is encouraged to check the Fairpark’s Facebook page regularly at