Monterey County Fair (September 1-6, 2010) Announces Exciting Array of Exhibits In Its Unique “Hall Of Innovation”

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The Monterey County Fair (September 1-6, 2010), situated on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula near Carmel and Pebble Beach, has announced that it will feature a wide array of exhibits that celebrate inventions in its first ever “Hall of Innovation.” Inspired by the Fair theme based on the Jo Mora book, Chippie de Munk: The Great Inventor, the Fair will amaze its 70,000 plus attendees through exciting exhibits highlighting selected inventions and new technologies.

The Monterey County Fair's Hall of Innovation is a place where inventions and creativity will be celebrated!

The Monterey County Fair (September 1-6, 2010), located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula near Carmel and Pebble Beach, has announced that it will feature a wide array of exhibits that celebrate inventions in its first ever “Hall of Innovation.” Inspired by the Fair theme based on the Jo Mora book, Chippie de Munk: The Great Inventor, the Monterey County Fair (http://www.montereycountyfair.com) will amaze its 70,000 plus attendees through exciting exhibits highlighting selected inventions and new technologies.

The Hall of Innovation will be powered by the green sponsor, Solar Technologies, a local Santa Cruz/Monterey-based solar firm that will also have an exhibit about solar energy. On display, in addition, will be the innovative TRIAC, a 3-wheel electric car produced by Green Vehicles. There will also be an exhibit on Space Technology, Video Surveillance, Computer History, Green Building, and more! The Fair is seeking a few more innovative products and displays to add to the array of exhibits.

Thomas L. Friedman, the Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times journalist, wrote last year regarding America’s future, “We might be able to stimulate our way back to stability, but we can only invent our way back to prosperity.” Inspired by his words and the importance of stimulating creativity in everyone, the Monterey County Fair has promoted innovation all throughout the year. It has created a special “Chippie’s Invention Program" for students in local schools and through many facets of the Fair’s Competitive Entries. The Fair is also holding a Child Literacy Campaign with the Monterey County Free Libraries and Borders Bookstores. On Opening Day, September 1st, Kids’ Day, fairgoers can enter the Fair by bringing a book to be donated to the Monterey County Free Libraries. It also has developed a literacy curriculum that will be used by teachers in the Monterey County school system which is based on the Chippie de Munk: The Great Inventor book.

The Fair theme artist, Jo Mora, who lived in Carmel and Pebble Beach from 1876-1947, is highlighted on the Monterey County Fair website with a pictorial bio that shows some of his creative artwork. The Jo Mora Trust (http://www.jomoratrust.com) has provided the artwork for the Fair poster. The Fair has also commissioned the creation of a life-sized costume of Chippie de Munk. Chippie will soon be on tour at local schools, libraries and bookstores promoting innovation and reading the beloved book, Chippie de Munk: The Great Inventor, about the importance of innovation.

Before Home Shopping Network, QVC, mass merchants and chain stores, America's County Fairs were the ideal place to showcase a new invention (i.e. Veg-o-matics and Ant Farms). The Monterey County Fair is pleased to bring back that beloved tradition with its Hall of Innovation.

The Monterey County Fair is seeking a few more companies to display their inventions in its Hall of Innovation. It is also soliciting donations for the Youth Invention Contest and its Literacy Campaign this year which can be given to the Friends of the Fair, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information about exhibiting in the Hall of Innovation, check out (http://www.montereycountyfair.com/annual-fair) or to donate to the Fair’s Youth Invention Contest, call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444.

The Monterey County Fairgrounds is a beautiful event center set on 22 oak-studded acres, with plenty of lawn and shady trees. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, and host to many major and private events on the Central Coast. The legendary Monterey Pop Festival was held at the Fairgrounds, and the popular Monterey Blues Festival and Monterey Jazz Festivals continue their on-going tradition, as well as many other events. The Monterey County Fair is the 7th District Agricultural Association of the State of California. For more information, check out http://www.montereycountyfair.com.

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