California Mid Winter-Fair Heritage Foundation, Inc.

California Mid Winter-Fair Heritage Foundation, Inc. Incorporated as California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation, Inc. Imperial County's Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta along with all fairs throughout the state have seen their state funding cut to zero.

As a result approximately 29 of the State's 72 fairs are currently on the brink of insolvency with many more to follow. The California Mid-Winter Fair is in better financial condition than many throughout the state, due in large part to the fair leadership's financial foresight, however, without state assistance our fair may find itself unable to meet its financial obligations in five years.

Operating as usual

Still time to sign up. Great event to attend or participate in.
09/03/2021
Home - Stair Climb

Still time to sign up. Great event to attend or participate in.

911 Memorial Stair Climbs

Some good and much needed news. Huge congratulations to Corey. Great guy who helped out with the foundation in our early...
07/29/2021
Carnival executive Corey Oakley to become next leader of Napa Valley Expo fairground

Some good and much needed news. Huge congratulations to Corey. Great guy who helped out with the foundation in our early days all the way through to today. His industry knowledge and presence connected us with a lot of people who had accomplished what we were trying to build. Without that help and those connections I’m not sure where we would be - and I’m glad we can call him a friend.

Corey Oakley, a vice president at Helm & Sons Amusements, will become Expo CEO, replacing Joe Anderson.

Come and get them.
03/05/2021

Come and get them.

Need a “Fair Food” Fix? 😋 We’ve got you! 👍 We will be frying’ & glazin’ fresh hot Texas Donuts 🍩 and Icecream 🍦 This is our last weekend in Imperial. Come and see us at the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta Fair food Drive Thru 😊☀️

Great job California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta. Great show - appreciate all the effort put in by all fair staff and boa...
03/02/2021

Great job California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta. Great show - appreciate all the effort put in by all fair staff and board.

02/28/2021
02/28/2021
02/28/2021

Fair food drive thru

02/27/2021

Come on down to the fair and get your doughnuts among many other food items. Drive through!!!

For all of the families that aren’t able to be at the fair this year to watch your loved ones here is a link for the liv...
02/26/2021
Livestream

For all of the families that aren’t able to be at the fair this year to watch your loved ones here is a link for the live feed. Please feel free to share for others to see. Good luck to all the participants.

https://www.ivfairgrounds.com/livestream.html

Sheep ​2/25/2021

So great to see a staple of our fair join us for the drive through food event. Come support a great cause and help out o...
02/05/2021

So great to see a staple of our fair join us for the drive through food event. Come support a great cause and help out our fair partners. See you there.

Here’s a little reminder of some fan favorites?
Let us know which donuts you’re most excited to try? 🍩 😋
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#texasdonuts #donuts #fairfood #maplebacondonut #imperial #food

California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta
10/14/2020

California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta

Details coming soon....

Fingers crossed. We are still planning and working toward having a fair this year. Stay healthy all - see you in 2021 at...
09/03/2020
2021 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta still tentatively a go

Fingers crossed. We are still planning and working toward having a fair this year. Stay healthy all - see you in 2021 at the fair.

IMPERIAL — With deadlines looming for 2021 California Mid-Winter Fair livestock exhibits, fair officials have alerted potential animal exhibitors that planning for next year’s fair is still underway, but “there

08/30/2020
The Big Fresno Fair

Pretty cool things happening with foundations. Congrats to The Big Fresno Fair

The Big Fresno Fair (Fair) Board of Directors announced the transition of visionary Fair CEO John Alkire to the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair (Foundation) as its first CEO. Additionally, the Fair Board voted that Deputy Managers, Stacy Rianda and Lauri King will remain at the helm overseeing all ongoing operations to lead the Fair into the future. Both announcements are effective September 1, 2020.

The management restructuring is part of the Fair’s strategic plan to elevate fundraising efforts to achieve long-term success for the 137-year-old Fresno County tradition; an essential function with added emphasis amid the pandemic, which has significantly minimized normal Fair business operations since March.

“On behalf of the Fair Board, we thank John Alkire for his incredible leadership for the past 16 years during which time our Fairgrounds has been visually transformed with permanent features for the entire community to enjoy including two new museums and connections to the community expanded,” said Larry Serpa, President of The Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors. “As our Fair moves forward, there is not a more qualified team to lead than Stacy Rianda and Lauri King whose vast industry experience, personal investment in our community and unwavering leadership are quintessential for our future.”

To read the full release >> http://bit.ly/ManagementRestructure
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#2020BFF #BigFresnoFair #FresnoFair #FresnoFairgrounds #BigTimesAreBack #WeAreHere #FairStrong #StayHealthyHappyHopeful

Congratulations to Eliott Watson for your hard earned finishes on the box this weekend at the @lucasoiloffroadchampionsh...
07/27/2020

Congratulations to Eliott Watson for your hard earned finishes on the box this weekend at the @lucasoiloffroadchampionship races at Glen Helen. Tom and Linda Watson (Eliott’s parents) have been long time supporters of the Foundation and long - long time supporters of our fair. Elliott was involved in the livestock program for many years and is now in college and still finding time to race. He has also raced our Heritage 500 races - many of you might remember a near last lap crash at the 2019 event that involved @colemamer - sending Eliott barrel rolling through the air on the front stretch. (He was ok after the crash).

Pumped to be able to get up on the box today 🙏 made a mistake in the slick on the first lap and spun it out 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️fought from the back up to make it back up to third! Hoping to clean it up tomorrow!! 🎥 @getsomephoto @ Glen Helen Raceway

Thank you for farming!
07/10/2020

Thank you for farming!

#FarmerFriday

Brian Strahm is a fourth-generation farmer from Holtville. In 2007, Brian and his father, Cliff, formed Artesia Farms. In the winter season, they produce lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and durum wheat. In the spring, they grow cantaloupe, and in the summer, their crops include sudan grass and alfalfa seed.

Brian was born and raised in Holtville and graduated from Holtville High School. He attended the University of San Diego where he earned his degree in political science. Both sides of his family were Imperial Valley farmers. On his mother’s side, the Caseys came to the Valley to farm in 1906, and the Desserts came in the early 40’s and were in the seed business. On Brian’s dad’s side, the Watts came to farm in the early 20’s, and Fred Strahm came and started a dairy in 1920. Artesia Farms currently operates out of a shop on Fred Strahm’s original homestead.

Brian has been on the Imperial County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2014. He values the information and experience that the Farm Bureau board members have and appreciates the time and effort they give. Mostly though, he values all that the Farm Bureau does for the ag community and the local community at large. Farming faces more difficulties than most people realize, and the Farm Bureau does a great job helping them navigate those challenges and protecting them and their local economy.

Brian’s favorite ag memory is working on the farm as a kid with his cousins, learning from his grandfather, father, and uncles. Now, he is doing the same with his children. He says his greatest blessings are his wife Jamie and his children Chloe, Brian, Ernie, and Barrett.

Brian is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Holtville. He is past president of Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association and current Vice-Chairman of Imperial Valley Water (IVH2O). He is a member of the Holtville Athletic Club and has been involved with and coached many youth sports. He has been a supporter of our local youth for many years through his animal purchases at the Junior Livestock Auction.

Great job Jacob. Thank you for your support and dedication.
07/03/2020

Great job Jacob. Thank you for your support and dedication.

#FarmerFriday

Jacob Guillen is a third-generation agriculture worker and a first-generation American agriculture worker. Both his grandparents and parents worked in the agriculture industry in Mexico before they immigrated to the Imperial Valley.

Jacob was born and raised in Holtville and is a graduate of Southwest High School. He attended San Diego State University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduating, he moved back to the Imperial Valley where he was hired by Western Farm Service, now Nutrien Ag Solutions, in 2006. While working in sales, Jacob went back to school to achieve his Pest Control Advisor (PCA) and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) licenses. Through his career with Nutrien Ag Solutions, he was able to complete an 18-month agronomy and agribusiness program through Purdue University, and in 2013, Jacob was promoted to Branch Manager.

Jacob has been on the Imperial County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2019; he adds a great value to the board by being able to share his ag retail experience. He values the insight the Farm Bureau is able to provide on local political issues. He also values the feedback and different points of views from all the different farmers and their ability to come together to better the Imperial Valley ag community.

Jacob’s favorite ag-related memory is taking his kids out to sweep fields on the weekends and to hear his young sons saying they cannot wait to follow in their dad’s footsteps. Jacob is proud that his family is going to continue to move the agricultural community forward in the future.

Jacob is actively involved in his community as an individual and through Nutrien Ag Solutions. He is involved in Western Growers and the California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation. He grew up participating in 4-H and Southwest FFA programs and enjoys giving back to the kids and clubs come auction time. Through Nutrien, he helped get the Imperial Valley Food Bank up and running, has sponsored countless local high school sports teams, and has sponsored Holtville’s Annual Rib Cook Off.

UC FARM SMART
06/29/2020

UC FARM SMART

Registration is now OPEN for the first of 2 virtual summer camps offered by California 4-H🍀🍀 Open to all youth ages 9-18 (you do not need to be in 4-H to participate) Visit the link in the comments for camp details and registration

Imperial County 4-H

California 4-H
06/29/2020

California 4-H

From our partners at @Utah4H: We are excited to announce the 4-H Remote Skills Camp for teens this summer! This 30-day camp starts on July 6th and is designed to prep teens ages 15-18 for career and college readiness by introducing them to remote work skills. The deadline to register is July 1st at noon. Register today to get started! Apply today at https://buff.ly/3eHDHKE

FYI
06/25/2020

FYI

Educator's Ag Institute is hosting a series of virtual workshops being held every Thursday in July beginning on July 9. These free sessions are available for anyone. Follow the link in the comments to register

Wait...Whaatt???
06/25/2020

Wait...Whaatt???

Who's ready for the heat? 🙋‍♂️

Imperial County Farm Bureau
06/15/2020

Imperial County Farm Bureau

#FarmerFriday

Joe Claverie is a fourth-generation Imperial Valley agricultural worker. His great-grandfather, Denis Claverie, came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1900s and operated a small dairy farm. Joe has been working in export sales at Ametza, LLC for nearly eight years and has been an Export Sales Manager for their China, Korea, and Middle East territories for almost five years.

Joe was born and raised near the Heber Dunes, which is south of Holtville and east of Calexico. He graduated from Calexico High School in 2007 where he served as FFA Chapter President and Southern Region Vice President. He received his Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from UC Davis. While attending UC Davis, Joe worked for the United States Department of Agriculture under the Farm Service Agency in their Farm Loan Program for a year at the state office in Sacramento. After graduating from college, he moved to Argentina for a year and worked as a farmhand for a local organic vegetable farm before moving back to the Valley.

Joe has been on the Imperial County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2018. He has served as Chairman of the Imperial County Young Farmers & Ranchers since 2017 and was Vice Chairman for several years prior. He values the opportunity he has through the Farm Bureau to learn from experienced growers since a lot of their most useful information is not written down in any of the books.

Joe’s favorite ag-related memory to date was back when he was raking and bailing hay in college and enjoying the simpler life.

Joe is actively involved in his community. He is on the Calexico Educational Foundation and helps with their annual scholarship banquet. He is an active member of the Holtville Athletic Club, where he likes to assist in cooking meals for fundraisers for various sports teams and Girl Scouts.

County of Imperial
06/09/2020

County of Imperial

Please remember practice social distancing and to support our local businesses during this time.
#ImperialCountyStrong

06/05/2020

Three local high school students were awarded scholarships from California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation 2020-2021. This is our second year offering this scholarship.
Our scholarship will help these students with tuition, academic fees and educational materials.

The scholarship winners represent: Brawley, Calexico and El Centro. One of the requirements is to be enrolled or have been enrolled in Future Farmers of America, 4H, Independent or a ROP program. The applicant's interest may be in welding, agricultural business,electrical, livestock, auctioneering or other similar fields.

The awards and winners are:
1. Jessica Friley - Brawley Union High School
2.Anika-Renee Herrera-Calexico High School
3.Kandyce Johnston- SouthWest High School

Our foundation's goal is to preserve and enrich the heritage of our local fair, its facilities, infrastructure, and ongoing youth programs such 4H and FFA.

The monies collected for our California MidWinter Fair Heritage Foundation were through bottled water sales, bartending and silent auctions during our membership drive. For more information about our scholarship or to make a donation visit cmwfheritage.foundation.

Let's continue "Building A Legacy"

Veronica Wright
Director/Scholarship Chair

Congratulations to all the 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓graduates in The Imperial Valley

Imperial County 4-H
06/05/2020

Imperial County 4-H

Imperial 4-H is looking for ways to engage youth in leading technology projects and working with other counties 4-H program to build computer science projects in our valley. Please let us know if you are interested to become adult/teen leaders. This is a good opportunity to participate and also for you to know if your spark is in here.

California Mid Winter-Fair Heritage Foundation, Inc.'s cover photo
06/04/2020

California Mid Winter-Fair Heritage Foundation, Inc.'s cover photo

06/01/2020
Imperial County 4-H

Looking forward to our next director's meeting...

Corned Beef Caldo

One of our directors, Jesse Larios
05/29/2020

One of our directors, Jesse Larios

Today is the last day of our Celebrating Beef Month cooking segments. To close out, we save the legend for last! WELCOME MR. JESSE LARIOS! He will be making corned beef caldo at 3pm. Tune in for the fun and deliciousness!

Imperial Valley Alive
05/27/2020

Imperial Valley Alive

Let's work together to help stop the spread. Go to ivbizrecovery.com

Thank you Mr. Tagg for your contributions to the Heritage Foundation as well as your service to the Imperial County Farm...
05/22/2020

Thank you Mr. Tagg for your contributions to the Heritage Foundation as well as your service to the Imperial County Farm Bureau. These are the legacy’s we work so very hard to preserve. Great bio and history of local family farm. @imperialcountyfarmbureau

Imperial County Young Farmers and Ranchers
05/21/2020

Imperial County Young Farmers and Ranchers

Just a little reminder of how cool looking Imperial County

Imperial County Farm Bureau
04/28/2020

Imperial County Farm Bureau

Meet our Executive Director, Brea Mohamed!

Brea has been Imperial County Farm Bureau’s Executive Director since January 2018. Her job responsibilities include representing the voice of our local farmers and ranchers at the local, state, and federal level and keeping our members up to date on issues that will impact them.

Prior to her role with ICFB, Brea served as a Water Operations Analyst at the Imperial Irrigation District working with the On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program. As an Imperial Valley native, Brea grew up appreciating the local agriculture industry through her father’s career in produce and her experience in the FFA. Brea graduated from Imperial High School. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business. Brea lives in Brawley with her husband, whose family began farming in the Imperial Valley in 1930 and continues farming today.

Brea values that Farm Bureau serves as the voice for farmers and ranchers; the Farm Bureau is there representing your interests when you cannot be. She values the grassroots nature of the Farm Bureau that enables its initiatives to be developed based on what members say they need. Members are able to voice their concerns and even make a larger impact by getting involved with committees or serving on the Board of Directors.

Brea's favorite Farm Bureau event is the Annual Meeting of Members and Farmer of the Year Ceremony. She appreciates that this annual event not only celebrates an individual who has contributed greatly to the local ag industry and community but that it also brings together hundreds of Farm Bureau members to celebrate the ag industry and its accomplishments as a whole.

Brea serves on various community committees. She enjoys giving back to local FFA programs and serves on FFA Advisory Committees for both Imperial and Calexico High Schools. She is also the president-elect for the newly reestablished Imperial Valley California Women for Agriculture Chapter.

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PO Box 4357
El Centro, CA
92244

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Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
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Friday 8am - 5pm

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The California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation endeavors to preserve and enrich the heritage of the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta, its facilities, infrastructure, organizations, and ongoing youth programs.

Our Organization

The California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation (CMWFHF) is a nonprofit organization. Established in 2011 by local members of our community dedicated to supporting and improving the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta. The Foundation received 501C-3 status the summer of 2014.

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Anyone know what happened to the Fair Board Archived Minutes that used to be on the webpage? It 'was' a great source for historical research.