From the Coast & Valley homeschool newsletter:
As homeschoolers, you can get into the fair free on Wednesday, Sep 15 & Thursday, Sep 16th. You have to apply and get special tickets. See http://www.santacruzcountyfair.com/ for general info about the fair. Go to http://santacruzcountyfair.com/pdf/2010/education_dept/app_education_days.pdf to download the application for your tickets.
Be sure to check out the Harvest Building Youth Department and the Livestock area for the many homeschoolers in 4-H that have projects displayed. Many Coast & Valley members also have items in the Crosetti Building (home arts) as well as the Fine Arts building.