Courtyard

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 Sign-Ups

Sign-ups for The Courtyard went online on May 1. Shifts are generally filled on a first-come basis.

As of last month, we had over 70 Steward and Cashier shifts to fill. If you have worked in The Courtyard in prior years and would like to train to be a Cashier or Steward, please contact Brian McDonald at Brian@ocws.org.

All volunteers will be issued an OC Fair pass that is good on any day of the Fair and an off-site parking permit with shuttle transportation to and from Gate 4.

You may sign up for as many shifts as you like, but you must sign-up for a minimum of three shifts.

For those who are working The Courtyard for the first time, you are required by the OC Fair to be TIPS certified. For returning volunteers, your certification is good for three years. When you sign up, you will be notified if you need to re-certify.

You may sign up for as many shifts as you like, but you must sign-up for a minimum of three shifts.

Alcohol Server Training (TIPS) for The Courtyard

For those who are working The Courtyard for the first time, you are required by the OC Fair to be TIPS certified. The OCWS provides free classes (normally $40). For returning volunteers, your certification is good for three years. When you sign up, you will be notified if you need to re-certify. TIPS certification classes are held on the grounds of the OC Fair & Event Center in the evenings and on weekends.

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 the signed Server Statements to the OCFEC. The form can be found on the website at www.ocws.org under ‘About > Courtyard’ section. Please only fill out one name per form, sign and date where indicated, and email to TIPS@ocws.org or by fax to the OCWS office at 714.546.5002 (not the fax number indicated on the form). Thank you.

The Courtyard Setup & Teardown

Setup for The Courtyard is scheduled for Saturday, July 7. We need to move all of The Courtyard material from the storage trailer, clean the refrigerator, clean the counters and shelving, hang posters and signs, etc. The setup will start at 9:00 am and will end by 2:00 pm so everyone going to the Gold Medal Mini-Tasting will have plenty of time to get home and prepare.

Lunch, beer and wine will be provided. Everyone working will be asked to pick a bottle of wine to take home as a thank you. If you are able to help, please RSVP to Brian@ocws.org so we can plan for food and other essentials.

The Courtyard teardown will be on Monday, August 13 starting at 9:00 am.

When volunteering at The Courtyard please remember the No. 1 Rule – have fun!

– Fran Gitsham & Brian McDonald, Event Chairs

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 Amphitheatre and the Courtyard.

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There are no upcoming events at this time.