San Diego County Fair

Lost and Found

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If you lose something at the San Diego County Fair...

Please call 858-794-1124. You must leave a voicemail message. Be sure to:

smbullet Let us know if you have filed a Lost Item report, and if you did, tell us on what date and what the report number is. If we mailed you a card, let us know that and what you think we might have of yours.

lost itemssmbullet Describe the lost item, using as much detail as you can, including the date you attended the Fair. (See examples below.)

smbullet Speak clearly. When you leave your name and phone number, speak slowly enough that we can write down your phone number. Spell your name if you think that will help us to find your records.

If you lost a cell phone, please include the phone brand (such as Samsung, iPhone, etc.) and the phone service (such as AT&T or Verizon), as well as any other information that will help identify your phone (such as distinctive case or custom decoration).

If you lost keys, please include information such as an approximate number of keys; whether they are car, home or office keys; whether there is a key ring decorative item, and if so, describe it; and other detailed information that will help us identify which set of lost keys are yours.



How to claim your item

After you have heard from Guest Services that they definitely or may have your lost item, this is how to return to the Fair to claim it, without having to pay for admission or parking:

smbullet Come to the main parking lot, with $26 in cash.

smbullet As you enter the parking lot, explain to the attendant you are picking up a lost item. The attendant will collect $10 (which will be returned to you), and you will be directed to a temporary lot.

smbullet Come to the Will Call window, to the left of the O'Brien (main) gate. The attendant at the window will take $16 for temporary admission and give you a receipt.

smbullet Go directly to Guest Services to pick up your item, and then immediately leave the Fair. Get your $16 back from Will Call, and your $10 parking fee from the attendant as you leave.



How to claim your item after the Fair has ended on July 4, 2016

You can visit the Marketing Office at the Fairgrounds July 6-8 to check for or claim a lost item. It is best to call ahead (858-794-1124) to be sure someone is available to help you. The Guest Services office will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, so staff can move from its seasonal office. It is scheduled to close for the season on Friday, July 8.

After July 8, you can still check for an item by calling 858-794-1124, and leaving a message. Messages are checked periodically. Unclaimed items are kept until about September 1, and are then donated to charity. We strongly recommend you check for your item by July 8.



Kid Find Armband
Get a Kid Find armband at any Information Booth.
lost cell phones
Write an adult's cell phone number and put the wristband on the child, with the phone number to the inside. If you and your child become separated, this makes it very easy and quick for Fair staff to reunite you.

If you become separated from your child during the Fair

Children who have become separated from their parents are brought to the Guest Services office, where they will have a quiet place to wait.

Parents are encouraged to use their mobile phone to take a photo of their child on arrival. Teach young children the mobile phone number, or obtain a "Kid Find" wristband, which is available at the Information Booths and in Guest Services. Write the phone number (but not the child's name) on the inside of the wristband, where it is accessible to Fair personnel but not to the public. These wristbands may be worn by anyone of any age who is unable to remember a phone number.

Children who become separated from their parents should go to a uniformed Fair employee, or a Fair ambassador wearing a royal-blue shirt or jacket.