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May 20, 2022

Miss Salinas Valley Fair seeks 2022 applicants

Deadline for applicants is March 28

SALINAS VALLEY — Applications are currently being accepted for the prestigious title of Miss Salinas Valley Fair, which is open to any junior or senior high school girl who is a resident or student of school districts in the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Northern San Luis Obispo, Parkfield and Coalinga.

The contest will be held at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City on April 7 and 8, and the winner will reign over the 78th annual Salinas Valley Fair in May. 

Deadline for applicants is March 28.

In addition to her many duties as Miss Salinas Valley Fair, the winner will have the opportunity to represent the fair at local and regional events, including the California Rodeo in Salinas.

“Our ideal candidate is a young woman who loves the Salinas Valley Fair and wants to be an ambassador for the Salinas Valley Fair at local events,” said Darla Mantel, Miss Salinas Valley Fair director and competition chair.

Entrants will be judged on personality (40%), a written test (25%), poise and appearance (20%) and horsemanship (15%). 

The 2022 Miss Salinas Valley Fair will receive a $2,000 scholarship, a sterling silver belt buckle and other prizes. Awards are also given to the winners of each competition category.

Applications are available at or send an email to [email protected] to request an application.

For more information about the contest or to become a sponsor, contact the Salinas Valley Fair Office at 831-385-3243 or Darla Mantel at 831-595-1250 or email [email protected].

The 78th Annual Salinas Valley Fair will run May 12-15 at the fairgrounds in King City. The family-friendly event attracts more than 35,000 guests and 1,000 livestock exhibitors from four counties. 

For information on how to exhibit livestock, art, photography, school projects, crafts, baked goods and more this year, contact the Salinas Valley Fair at 831-385-3243 or visit


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