- Fair Dates
- February 14-17, President’s Day Weekend (rain or shine!)
- Friday, February 14 – Gates open 12 noon – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, February 15 – Gates open 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday, February 16 – Gates open 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Monday, February 17 – Gates open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WFA Blue Ribbon Award – Al Delsid
Al Delsid is honored with the Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award for Service at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. The Blue Ribbon Award recognizes and honors those individuals or groups who have provided outstanding support to the fair industry. Those recognized include volunteers, groups, sponsors and educators.
Al is well known in Cloverdale for his volunteer work in the community. Al has lived in Cloverdale for over 40 years with his wife Melonie. Together they raised their two children here. Al was a Captain with the Cloverdale Fire Department until he retired in 2009. Prior to that he spent 18 years in the wine industry and became an assistant winemaker for Banderia Winery.
Al’s volunteerism has not been limited to the Citrus Fair. He has volunteered with the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years. Veteran issues have always been very important to him and he was a key organizer in building a Veterans Memorial at the Cloverdale Cemetery. Al also serves on the board of directors for the Cloverdale Health Care District and as the Area 1 Vice-Commander for the Sons of the American Legion.
Al has been volunteering with the Citrus Fair in some form or another since the early 1980s. As a member of the fire department he was deeply involved with the designing and building of the feature citrus exhibits and eventually became involved with the cabaret performances.
The first cabaret he worked on was “Salute to our Military” as both a prop man and support actor. He then continued to participate in cabarets actually singing, something that was a first for him. He sang “La Bamba” and ”At the Hop” at the 50’s theme cabaret. For “Pirates of the Caribbean” he created a huge Caribbean scene on the back wall of the stage. That same year he also built a large pirate ship that reached the ceiling and took up a large corner of the auditorium. The following year he built the Gould-Shaw House for the Garden Club.
Al was also involved with the murder mysteries that the Citrus Fair produced. He painted sets and played a character named “Gator” in one of the events.
In 2014 Al stepped up to manage traffic control for the Citrus Fair Parade.
It’s impossible to mention everyway in which Al has been involved with the Citrus Fair. We only know that he seems to have always been there helping out where ever needed. And this why he is the perfect recipient for this year’s Western Fairs’ Association Blue Ribbon Award.