In 1966 the Mid-State Fair was still called the San Luis Obispo County Fair and the entertainment was, well, not very entertaining. The event lasted 5 days, admission was cheap, and you got what you paid for.
Admission to the fair was $1, according to the US Inflation Calculator $6.73 in 2010 dollars. I’m sure they were hard working professionals but the psychedelic concerts held at the Establishment looked to be more interesting for my money. Quoting from the fair ad:
Top Professional Entertainment!
The stars of the Jack Benny Show…Recording stars with record sales in the millions…Top billing shows in Las Vegas, New York, Nationwide.
DIRECT FROM EUROPE!
Sensational Musical-Dancers, whose 4 feet play a tune, while dancing on the Marimba! Never anything like it…You’ll love ‘Em!
nationally famous mimic, singer and musician, par excellence. You name it…he does it; you’ll “break-up” laughing, along with millions all over the country.
All Acts Supported by Al Lyons & His Band
The act that they didn’t get, The Beatles performed their last official concert at Candlestick Park on August 29 that year.
Biggest hits on the 1966 charts — in order — Frank Sinatra, Strangers in the Night, Nancy Sinatra, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, The Beatles Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby, Beach Boys, Good Vibrations, The Beatles Paperback Writer.
It would be decades before any of these artists would come to Paso Robles. The Beach Boys have made more than one appearance at the fair and Ringo Starr of the Beatles came. All headlined after the fair had been transformed into an entertainment magnet by Maynard Potter.
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