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City of Ventura - Police Department
Tuesday July 19th, 2011 :: 09:39 a.m. PDT


Press release: Upcoming Ventura County Fair and Traffic Control. The Ventura County Fair begins August 3 – 14.

Incident: Ventura County Fair Traffic Control

Contact: Sgt. Ryan Weeks, 805-339-4309

Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds and surrounding streets

Date/Time Occurred: August 3-14, 2011

Officer(s) Involved: Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit


The 2011 Ventura County Fair will open on Wednesday, August 3rd and continue through Sunday, August 14th. The Ventura Police Department (VPD) Traffic Unit would like to remind motorists to be mindful of a few things while driving to the Fairgrounds to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fair experience.

The Fairground parking lot is subject to closure at any time due to maximum vehicle capacity. These closures are not uncommon and multiple closures may occur on a daily basis. When these closures occur, traffic will be monitored and diverted by police personnel by way of hand control and traffic barricades. As a result of the diversions, traffic congestion can become heavy with extremely long delays. It is imperative that motorists obey all traffic control signs, detours, and diversions to ensure the safety of everyone. Any motorist that drives around or through barricades or disregards the directions of police personnel will be subjected to being cited as a zero-tolerance stance will be taken.

The VPD Traffic Unit strongly encourages fairgoers to utilize the shuttle bus service. Fairground parking accommodates fewer than 2,000 vehicles and the charge is $10.00 per vehicle. However, free shuttle service is provided daily during the Fair from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 from six off-site parking locations as follows:

---- Ventura County Government Center
---- Ventura High School
---- Schooner and Harbor Blvd
---- Pacific View Mall
---- Ventura Unified School District Headquarters at 155 W. Stanley Ave.
---- Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

In addition to the service being free of charge, an additional benefit is the drop off point and return pick-up points being in close proximity to the front entrance gates. The shuttle buses are also capable of accommodating wheelchairs and strollers.

In addition to the shuttle parking, there is paid parking available at the State Beaches Lot.

In addition to heavy vehicular traffic, there is a significant amount of pedestrian traffic in the areas surrounding the Fairgrounds. The VPD Traffic Unit would like to remind motorists to be cognizant of pedestrians crossing the roadways and to yield to their right-of-way.

City of Ventura - Police Department
1425 Dowell Dr
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-339-4400

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