Role and Responsibilities

Fair Oversight

The Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fairs & Expositions (F&E), a Branch within the Division of Marketing Services, provides fiscal and policy oversight of the network of California fairs. This oversight responsibility includes the following (B&P Code Sections 19606.1 and 19620):

Manage and monitor the solvency of the Fair and Exposition Fund and the Satellite Wagering Account.

  • Create a framework for administration of the network of California fairs, allowing for maximum autonomy and local decision making authority.
  • Guiding and providing incentives to fairs to seek matching funds and generate new revenue from a variety of sources.
  • Support continuous improvement of fair programs to ensure California fairs remain highly relevant community institutions.
  • Ensure annual fiscal audits and periodic compliance audits are performed.