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SARALEE & RICHARD’S BARN

A Permanent Agriculture Education Center on the grounds of the Sonoma County Fair

For over 80 years, the backbone of the Sonoma County Fair has always been agriculture. Generations of 4-H and FFA’ers grew up showing animals at the Fair and returned years later to watch their children and even grandchildren do the same.

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One of these young 4-H members was Saralee McClelland Kunde, who showed her prized cows at the Sonoma County Fair as a youth in the 1950s and 60s. Saralee remained closely integrated with promoting agriculture and the Fair throughout the rest of her life, becoming and employee and later a board member of the Sonoma County Fair. She and her husband, Richard, hosted numerous fundraisers each year, helping to fund scholarships for youth in agriculture. When Saralee passed away in January of 2014, she left behind and incredible legacy as a grape grower, philanthropist, community leader and agricultural mentor.

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As a county based in agriculture, be it dairy, grapes, or other commodities, having a location where agriculturalists can showcase their value to our community is essential. A permanent agriculture education center promotes better understanding of agriculture, which in turn provides support for farmers and ranchers. In an increasingly urban culture, educating youth about the importance of our agriculture industry and how it brings fresh food to their table daily is more important than ever.

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The nearly 12,000 square foot facility will serve as the cornerstone for year-round agricultural education to showcase and promote the county’s heritage and $4 billion industry. It will provide lessons and first-hand farm experiences for youth and adults from all walks of life. It will also serve as a venue in honor of Saralee and Richard, hosting fundraising dinners and wine competitions, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Ag Days for over 4,000 elementary school children, culinary demonstrations and farm to table activities, 4-H and FFA seminars and meetings, private events and livestock events to name a few.


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The future home of Sweet Lil’s Farm

A special place for kids and adults to learn about life on the farm at the Sonoma County Fair

Helping those already familiar with agriculture is only part of Richard and Saralee’s legacy. They wanted to teach those who had never raised an animal or grown their own food what it was all about. Their desire culminated in the Sweet Lil’s Farmery, named after Saralee’s mother, where both parents and children can learn the basics of agriculture.

At Sweet Lil’s, you’ll find faux cow “milking”, baby chicks hatching and a host of other ag-tivities. Drive a tractor, venture into the hay maze, or visit the little pigs in their straw, wood and brick houses. Get in on the buzz with beekeepers and learn how important our pollinators are for farming. There are corn boxes and a chance to visit baby farm animals and their mothers. It’s a special place to learn, play and be down home on the farm.

While many may have been satisfied with this accomplishment, the Kundes didn’t want to stop there. After all, the fair was only three weeks out of the year, and even with the thousands flowing through Sweet Lil’s during those few weeks, it was Saralee’s dream to create a permanent location where agricultural education could continue throughout the year.


DONOR SUPPORT LEVELS

> Naming Rights Gifts

  • Agricultural Education Center Endowment Fund   •   $300,000
  • Demonstration Kitchen Area   •   $150,000   •   Ovations FanFare, LLP
  • The Plaza   •   $200,000   •   Redwood Credit Union
  • The Olive Grove   •   $100,000   •   Summit State Bank
  • The History Wall   •   $100,000   •   Ernest L & Ruth W. Finley Foundation
  • The Fountain   •   Negotiable

> Donor Recognition Wall

The following donation levels will be delineated on the donor wall:

  • Sweepstakes   •   $100,000+
  • Best of Class   •   $50,000 to $99,999
  • Double Gold   •   $25,000 to $49,999
  • Gold   •   $10,000 to $24,999
  • Silver   •   $5,000 to $9,999

> Paver by Paver

All donors that give $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to have an engraved paver placed along the Plaza and surrounding water feature.

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Sonoma County Fair Foundation

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Sonoma County Fair Foundation
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Sonoma County Fair Foundation
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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(707) 545-4200

The mission of the Sonoma County Fair Foundation is to raise and steward funds to support facility improvements and special projects of the Sonoma County Fair.

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Together, we are continuing the legacy of Richard and Saralee and bringing agricultural education to the forefront of our community.

A 501c(3) not for profit Sonoma County Fair Foundation.

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