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.  

The Courtyard at the 2020 OC Fair

It’s hard to imagine, but the OC Fair is right around the corner again! The OC Fair’s theme this year is ALL FOR FUN. As any of you who have worked at The Courtyard during the Fair know, we have known that it is almost all for fun and the Fair is finally catching up to us. We are running the OCWS’s major fundraiser of the year, thereby sustaining the organization, increasing our exposure, running an effective membership drive to the public, and concentrating on our scholarship raising efforts. Please note that the Fair will begin and end one week later, so please plan your time accordingly.

Volunteer Sign Ups. All sign ups will be online again this year, with sign up dates as follows:

  • Managers, Assistant Managers & their co-members – April 1
  • Cashiers, Stewards & their co-members – April 15
  • Servers – May 1

All positions, except for servers, will receive an email inviting you to sign up in those capacities and on the above dates. If you have not received an email prior to the appropriate date and feel you should have, please accept our apologies now and do not hesitate to reach out to us at

Please remember that shifts are generally filled on a first come, first served basis. So the sooner you sign up, the better the chances are that you will receive your requested shifts. As has been the rule in the past, in order to receive the Fair access and parking passes, which are valid throughout the entire run of the Fair, a minimum of three shifts is required.

If you have any questions, please give a shout out to Looking forward to seeing you and sharing fun times at the 2020 OC Fair!

– Fran Gitsham, Courtyard Chair

Alcohol Server Training for The Courtyard: TIPS Training

The 2020 OC Fair will be here soon, which means it’s time to schedule alcohol server training. Most Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) classes will be held in April, with only a few classes held in May and June. Do not wait to sign up. If classes do not fill, they are cancelled and you may not be able to volunteer in The Courtyard. TIPS certification is valid for three years. If you were TIPS certified in 2017 and are planning to volunteer at The Courtyard this year, you will need to re-certify. A letter has been mailed notifying you that your TIPS card has expired. If you have never taken a TIPS class, you will need to attend and successfully complete the training.

The 2020 OC Fair starts on Friday, July 17, and ends on Sunday, August 16. As a concessionaire of the OC Fair, the OCWS must adhere to contractual requirements established by the OC Fair & Events Center Board of Directors. Prior to working in The Courtyard, everyone must be “professionally trained and certified in alcohol awareness techniques.”

The Alcohol Server Training sign-up form has been taken down until a new location for classes has been found. We will send out information about the location and time when we have finalized these changes.  Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions regarding TIPS training, please email

– Rochelle Randel & Teri Lane, TIPS Trainers

– Marcy Ott, Badging Coordinator

2020 OCWS Courtyard Committee

We also hold our annual BBQ and Fall events 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.