The month of July is an exciting time in San Luis Obispo County. The festive summer draws people from all over the world to its various communities to take in the rich history, outdoor activities, shopping experiences and superior food, wine and beer.
One of these communities is the beautiful city of Paso Robles.
Paso Robles has been known throughout history for its hot springs, wineries, olive oil production, almond orchards, more recently skateboarding and its famous California Mid-State Fair.
The thermal springs placed Paso Robles (City of El Paso De Robles) on the map. Even before the mission era, the Salinan Indians recognized the land for its springs. During the mission era, Paso Robles became known as a rest-stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail, again focused on its mineral hot springs with the first baths being created by Franciscan priests from the neighboring Mission San Miguel. The pioneer settlers during this time period would be the ones to establish the cattle ranches, orchards, dairy farms and vineyards that have all been vital to the survival of the community.
The first California Mid-State Fair was held years later in 1946.
It was then known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. It became a regional attraction in the 1970s and it is known today as “The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!” It is held at the 40 acre Paso Robles Event Center, an important attraction of this charming and friendly city. This year the Fair takes place July 16th through July 27th.