In the Sunday, June 8, 2003 edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune, there's a 58 page official program for the fair; the theme this year is "Commotion by the Ocean"; Opening hours will be 10 am daily;closed Mondays. Closings throughout the week are at midnight. This useful program contains a day-by-day-schedule for planning ease, gives specifics regarding special values, senior interests, one day contests, and a complete slate of Grandstand performers.
Most useful is the "Frugal Fairgoer Tips" advice to park free at the Del Mar Horsepark and take a free shuttle into the Fairgrounds (saving $6 and a lot of hassle, believe me.) Show a Coaster or North County Transit bus ticket and get $1 off Fair admission and admission to the Elvis exhibit. AND, save your Fair ticket and get 2-for-1 admission to the Del Mar Track meet any day except opening day.
Thursdays are special senior days and will highlight music of the 60's, with a special appearance of Bo Diddley with the movie star Dennis Quaid and the Sharks at 7:30pm, on Thursday, July 3rd.
This is a must-have booklet if you go to the Fair. Each year, this program is available, usually in the Sunday edition of the San Diego Tribune the week before the fair's opening; it is an INDISPENSIBLE, must-have guide, for extensive planning is needed to assure a pleasant attendance at the Fair. Check out www.sdfair.com for an extensive coverage of events from June 13-July 6, 2003.