"The hardest thing about an annual event is to convince the public that they want to come back every year", stated Chana Mannen, the Exhibit Department Manager for the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
"Our staff has developed the concept of an annual theme to make each Fair unique and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Fairgoers.Last year, the theme was 'the Endless Summer' and the exhibits, entertainment, and marketing revolved around this theme.This year, we are pleased to announce that the theme of the 2002 San Diego County Fair is --Elvis, a Salute to the King of Rock and Roll," said Mannen
Elvis and rock and roll will be everywhere at the Fair.Plans are for the parking lot gates at the main entrance of the Fairgrounds
to be decorated to mimic the gates of Graceland, and the main pedestrian entrance to the Fair will feature a giant 45 record and an image of Elvis.The Activity Center
will house a huge exhibit about Elvis Presley and his
music.Guests will see and hear Elvis on TV, at concerts, and in the movies.The exhibit will include many items from Graceland's Elvis Presley collection including, motorcycles, a Mercedes limo, golf carts, the red velvet living room furniture from Graceland, clothing, awards, and even billboards.