Girls wearing Health AmbassadorT-shirts; hula hoopers; a display full of vegetables

Healthy Fair, Healthy Marin

marin county fair is the happiest, healthiest fair on earth

Healthy Fair Marin logo 

For 17 years a group of community organizations have partnered to make history, and grow healthy activities and choices for all ages at the Marin County Fair.

It's hard to imagine now, that two beer companies sponsored the Marin County Fair's entertainment and dining pavilions up until 2004. Play Fair Marin replaced those sponsors — and has worked with the Marin County Fair to end any alcohol marketing, sponsorship and promotion.

Originally branded Play Fair: Building Healthy Communities the name was changed in 2020 to Healthy Fair Healthy Marin to better communicate the goal of the initiative. In some places on these web pages you will see some historical documents referring to Play Fair. It is all the same — just the name was revised in 2020!

This award winning initiative has realigned policies, practices and messages, helping to shape community and family values related to alcohol, physical activity, and healthy food at the Fair, at home and beyond, for future generations.

Continuing its ground breaking efforts, Healthy Fair Healthy Marin supported the Marin County Fair's efforts when, in 2007 it became the first 100% smoke-free fair in the nation. Healthy Fair Healthy Marin's other initiatives are just as groundbreaking, including:

  •  Healthy Marin Partnership banding together to remove alcohol sponsorship at the fair so that fairgoers are not met upon entrance with alcohol messages. This branding was replaced by the Play Fair logo (prior to the name change of this initiative);
  •  Requiring each beer or wine vendor to participate in a Responsible Beverage Training prior to the opening day of the fair;
  •  Requiring each food vendor to add healthy food options to their menus with signs advertising the healthy food option for all to see;
  •  Partnering with our community to host the Baby Sanctuary — a cool, comfortable place for families to care for the needs of infants;
  •  Establishing a Health Fair Healthy Marin patio area near the Fair entrance where people can participate in fun physical activities to get everyone moving!
  •  Marin Health and Human Services and the YMCA are hosting the Annual 1K Fun Run on Kids Day, June 30 — a free timed race — once around the lagoon. More information in the Flourish section, below.

healthy fair — healthy marin: building healthy communities

Good Fare

Healthy Fare at the Marin County Fair

Alcohol Aware

Alcohol Awareness at the Marin County Fair

Smoke Free

Helping Create Healthier Communities

Flourish

Healthy Fair, Healthy Marin 1K Fun Run

Healthy Fair, Healthy Marin Partners

Community Partners and Sponsors