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  • Pima County Fairgrounds having record-breaking year

    Mar 13, 2015 | Read More News
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    Fairgrounds RV ParkMore than 1,600 RVers with more than 800 RVs from the Escapees RV Club participated in the 55th annual Escapade at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park this week (the event concludes Saturday, March 14). The gathering included RV education, seminars and entertainment.

    The event continues a record-breaking year at the fairgrounds’ RV Park. The Southwestern Fair Commission, which is appointed by the county Board of Supervisors, manages the Fairgrounds. Over the past three years, the commission has invested as much as $400,000 into improving the RV Park at the Fairgrounds. That has resulted in a large upturn in RV event bookings and facility rentals at the park, said Judy Patrick, a fair commissioner. Next week, La Mesa RV will host its show and sale at the park and the Escapees club has said it intends to schedule its international gathering in 2017 at the fairgrounds, which could mean as many as 2,000 RVs.

    The Escapade event brought in $100,000 in direct revenue to the Fairgrounds, Patrick said. The RVers also are exploring the Tucson and Southern Arizona region, which includes shopping, fuel, food and dining purchases.
    A vigorous marketing campaign by the commission also has resulted in increased usage of Fairgrounds facilities, including its exhibit halls and equestrian arenas. Among the uses are gun shows, agricultural shows and dog and horse show competitions.

    Next month is the two-week long Pima County Fair, which for the past several years has been setting attendance records. Another record crowd is expected for this year’s fair.

    For more information about the fair and fairgrounds, go to