Courtyard News

The Courtyard is the center of many of our events throughout the year.  Most importantly, it is the location where we sell tastes of the OC Fair award winning wines.  As well as, full glasses of wine, champagne and other merchandise to OC Fair participants.  Also we offer educational wine related seminars during the the OC Fair.  

News for The Courtyard during the 2019 OC Fair

Courtyard Volunteers: A Thank You!

To all those who have completed TIPS training and signed up for shifts at The Courtyard, thank you. We still have quite a few shift opportunities, so watch out for our SOS emails (that’s short for “Save Our Shifts”). By the  time you read this, you should have received confirmation of your shift schedules.

Since we have new cash registers and new procedures in place, everyone is asked to attend one of our training sessions. They will all be held at The Courtyard.  A Manager training session will be held at 1:00 pm on July 7. The server, cashier, and steward training session will be held at 3:00 pm on July 7. Please RSVP by email to so we can plan for snacks, etc.

The Courtyard Set Up/Tear Down

The Courtyard set up is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 starting at 9:00 am. Please email if you would like to help. I promise to have things wrapped up by 3:00 pm or sooner so you will have time to get home, cleaned up, and ready to attend the Gold Medal Mini-Tasting.

The Courtyard tear down is scheduled for Monday, August 12 starting at 9:00 am. Please email if you would like to help. We have one day to get everything out of The Courtyard and put back into the storage container. Thankfully, the taking down goes much faster than the putting up.

For both events, the OCWS will serve lunch and refreshments (beer and wine) and every volunteer will take home a bottle of wine. For those who volunteered last year, you should have already received an email invitation. If you responded to that, you do not need to RSVP again.

Required Courtyard Training 

As we have previously mentioned, we will be using new cash registers at The Courtyard this year. If you have already been invited to volunteer as a Manager, Assistant Manager or Cashier, you will need to attend one of our 45-minute training sessions. Please be aware that there are only a few open sessions available.

If you have not already scheduled a timeslot, please call or email Brian McDonald at 714.772.284 or for available dates and times.

If you have not previously managed or cashiered and are interested in being trained, please reach out to Fran Gitsham at or to Brian McDonald at

Courtyard Volunteer Sign-ups

It’s hard to imagine, but the OC Fair is right around the corner and that means volunteer sign-ups. This year all sign-ups will be online. A very big thank you Stacey Taylor for setting this up on our website!

Sign-up start dates are:

  • Managers, Assistant Managers and their co-Members: April 1
  • Cashiers, Stewards and their co-Members: April 15
  • Server sign-ups for all Members: May 1

Click here for the 2019 Wine Courtyard Signup page

If you believe you should be invited to sign up as a Manager, Assistant Manager, Cashier or Steward and did not receive an invitation to sign up prior to the applicable start sign-up date noted above, please reach out to Brian McDonald as soon as possible at

Please remember, shifts are generally filled on a first-come basis, so the sooner you sign up, the better your chances are of being assigned to the shifts you prefer. As has always been the rule, you must sign up for a minimum of three shifts.

All volunteers will receive an OC Fair pass and parking permit which are valid throughout the entire run of the Fair.  Also each volunteer must sign a Server Responsibility Form.

Fran Gitsham & Brian McDonald,
Courtyard Co-Chairs

Announcing the 2019 OC Fair Wine Seminars Scheduled at The Courtyard

The Featured Winery Program Schedule at The Courtyard

We are pleased to announce the lineup of wineries scheduled to pour select wines during the 2019 OC Fair in a designated location, The Express Bar, located in The Courtyard from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. During this time, you will have an opportunity to meet the winemaker, winery principal or representative and learn in-depth information about how their wines are handcrafted!

  • Friday, July 12: Sunce Winery
  • Saturday, July 13: Dark Star Cellars, Michael Cox
  • Sunday, July 14: Seven Angels Cellars, Greg & Pamela Martin
  • Friday, July 19: J. Cage Cellars, Donna & Roger Beery
  • Saturday, July 20: Big Nose Family Winery, Roger & Janice Mattar and Doris & John Severs
  • Sunday, July 21: Fallbrook Winery, Euan Parker & Carrie McCracken
  • Friday, July 26: Swank N Smith, Gregory Smith
  • Saturday, July 27: Bellante Family Winery, Chuck & Sheri Bellante
  • Sunday, July 28: Hungry Hawk Vineyards & Winery, Mike Embly
  • Friday, August 2: Vinos Unidos, Bob Jauregui
  • Saturday, August 3: Mineral Wines, Brett Keller
  • Sunday, August 4: Orange Coast Winery, Peter Swanson
  • Friday, August 9: Lions Peak, Jennifer Soni Arant
  • Saturday, August 10: Majorca Vineyards, Larry Hudack
  • Sunday, August 11: Bushong Vintage Company, Jason Bushong

We hope you will stop by and enjoy a taste of the wines selected by the wineries, or enjoy a full glass

– Liz & Lloyd Corbett,
Featured Winery Program Co-chairs

OC Fair Server Responsibility Statements

The OCFEC requires each person pouring alcohol to sign a Server Responsibility Statement. This is an OC Fair form, not an OCWS form. Therefore, please do not write any messages on the form. The form states that you have attached a copy of your server certificate to the form; this step is handled by The Courtyard Committee prior to submitting all signed Server
Statements to the OCFEC. The form is located on our website at at menu
item “OCFair Courtyard.” Please only fill out one name per form, sign and date where indicated, and email to or fax to the OCWS office at 714.546.5002 (not the fax number indicated on the form).

The 2019 Courtyard Committee

Wine Seminar Volunteers Needed during the Fair

The OCWS conducts wine-related seminars on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during each weekend of the OC Fair. The purpose of the seminars is to educate the public about wine and to introduce them to the Orange County Wine Society. We are looking for volunteers who can assist with breaking down the seminar area (tables, chairs, supplies, etc.) around 4:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Please contact Dawn Bergan-Iglesias at if you are interested in assisting. Thank you.

The 2019 Courtyard Committee

We also hold our annual BBQ and October parties here.  The map below can be helpful in finding the Courtyard location on the OC Fairgrounds.  Please note the location of our office between the Pacific Amphitheater and the Courtyard.


There are no upcoming events at this time.