The first recorded Fair in El Dorado County was held in 1859 in Coloma. That's old. Although the El Dorado County Fair has moved now to Placerville, it still maintains its old classic charm and nostalgia. The 4-day fair is held each June with a huge list of entertainment, a carnival, local food vendors, demonstrations, and competitions including the ever popular El Dorado County Wine Competition where you can taste the best of our local appellations including the Best Rhone, Barbera, Reisling, Sweet, and Organic wines. And there's the Frank Herbert Memorial perpetual award, sponsored by the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association, offered for the best Zinfandel wine made from El Dorado or Fairplay appellation Grapes. And the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Award is presented for the best commercial wine produced from El Dorado or Fairplay Appellation grapes.
Besides wine competitions there's also medals awarded for agriculture, livestock, floriculture, horticulture, handicrafts, textiles, cooking, fine arts, literary arts, photography, minerals, and mining. Highlighting the fair is the John M. Studebaker International Wheelbarrow Races which celebrate the historical significance of the Studebaker wagon in Placerville's gold rush history.
If you like good old fashion fun, then the El Dorado County Fair wins the award for the entire family.