After Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated in April that mass gatherings were unlikely to be sanctioned anytime soon amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Gabriella Calicchio, who oversees the Marin County Fairannounced the cancellation of the event.

Calicchio and her team then moved onto Plan B: a virtual fair, with  weekly competitions including decorated baked goods, toilet paper roll art, pet costume contests, funny family photos, poetry including haiku, coordinated family dance routines and more stay-at-home-friendly activities. 

Now comes a yummy, hybrid version of the virtual and the personal that encompasses another vital component to the county fair: the food.

“In an effort to provide a summertime smile during the public health emergency, Marin County Fair officials plan to offer drive-thru fair food for the weekends of July 10-12 and 17-19 in the parking lot of the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael,” Calicchio said in a statement.

Fair food favorites will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. those days, including giant corndogs, three flavors of funnel cake, cotton candy, candy apples, caramel apples, churros, kettle corn, caramel corn, lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and more. The menu will be made available on the fair’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

The fair food booths will be in the parking lot of the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium facing Civic Center Drive. To order food, customers will line up in their cars on Avenue of the Flags and be directed through the parking lot, where they will be greeted by an employee who will take their order and collect payment. To ensure the safety of guests and staff, customers will be asked to remain in their vehicles; the process will be much like a restaurant drive-through experience.

The Marin County Fair prioritizes the safety of its guests and vendors. All staff will practice safety guidelines set by Marin County Public Health. Vendors and employees will wear masks and gloves, sanitize surfaces frequently, and properly package food.


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