Ventura County Fair Posters
In the beginning, the fair posters were simply a promotional tool. They were put up around town to advertise the event. But since then, the hot-selling posters have grown into collectors' items.
In 1985, an antique, and midway favorite was used for the poster--the Dentzel Carousel Horse. That poster was the start of the collector series.
"We've created a monster! We gave about 3,000 posters out to the businesses so they could put them up in their windows to advertise the fair. But then we noticed that they weren't staying in the window. People were taking them home and framing them." ~Devlin Raley
From then on, an additional 2,000 posters were printed on higher-quality paper and sold at the fair. And the free promotional posters were punched with a hole so that they would not compete in value with the collectors' item.
"Why my posters are the best - No hole punches!" ~Cindy's Collectables