Mission Statement

The 19th District Agricultural Association and manages Earl Warren Showgrounds as a financially self-supporting entity that maintains a first-class equine facility, promotes and supports agricultural resources, provides facilities for community events, meetings, and emergency response, and furthers the goals and objectives of the Association and the State of California.

Current Board of Directors

The 19th District Agricultural Association is governed by a nine person Board of Directors. The Directors are volunteers who are appointed by the governor of California to staggered four year terms. The following comprise the current Board of Directors for the 19th District Agricultural Association:

Michael Medel, President

Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Appointment Date: December 17, 2014

Mary Rose, Vice President

Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Appointment Date: October 15, 2013
Reappointed Date: October 15 2015
Other Office: Vice President 2014

Miguel Avila, Director

Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Appointed: October 15, 2015

Marshall Miller, Director

Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Appointment Date: October 15, 2013
Reappointment Date: October 15 2014

Suzanne Perkins, Director

Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Appointment Date: November 7, 2007
Reappointment Date: November 7, 2012

Teresa McWilliams, Director

Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Appointment Date: March 22, 2016

Value Statement

The 19th District Agricultural Association and Earl Warren Showgrounds are committed to: Being ethical, responsible and professional in our roles guardians of the property and the facilities. Seeking input from our constituents, encourage debate and discussion and make decisions based on the best interest of the organization and the community. Striving to present high-quality facilities, professional service, products and programs. Functioning as a financially responsible business entity by operating at or above breakeven point while continually investing in the development of existing programs and facilities, maintaining appropriate reserves and seeking new business and development opportunities. Providing the highest standard of safety and well being for guests, visitors and staff.

Vision Statement

To be a well-known, modern and efficient multi-use-service destination facility offering a wide variety of educational and entertaining experiences for residents and visitors. Preserve and perpetuate equine tradition through the development and maintenance of first class equestrian facilities. Promote and support agriculture, and serves as a neutral 3rd party arbiter of agricultural excellence. Develop and maintain facilities for community access events and meetings. Actively engage in educational and youth oriented programs that promote local community and cultural enrichment. To be a valued community asset and considered a component of Santa Barbara’s quality of life. To be so integrated in the daily life of the community that individuals, organizations and companies of all types willingly invest resources in our success.


Earl Warren Showgrounds was originally developed as the permanent location for the Santa Barbara National Horse and Flower show as well to attract and support other equestrian and agricultural events to the Santa Barbara area. In 1950, a site at the corner of Las Positas Road and Calle Real was selected for the showground. The State of California, using funds provided by the horse show association, purchased 136.5 acres of land at the site. To gain support for construction of the facilities from the City of Santa Barbara and the local community, the District gave eighty-two acres to the City to add to the community golf course and ten acres for the construction of Adams Elementary School.
In 1955,  the 19th Agricultural District received State authorization to plan and build the only fairgrounds in California specifically designed for horse and flower shows. The Equestrian Facility was completed in 1958, with the Exhibit building finished 1959 and the administration building was added in 1961.


Today Earl Warren Showgrounds is a 34 acres multi-use property located in the City of Santa Barbara. The property is bordered to the west and north by the Santa Barbara Community Golf Course and Adams Elementary School which were part of the original property; to the east by Las Positas Street and to the south by Highway 101. Facilities include equestrian arena and livestock facilities, 22,000 sq/ft Exhibit Hall, 13,000 sq,/ft Warren Hall, , Reception Garden, In-line Skating Hockey Facility and RV Parking Lot. The Earl Warren Showgrounds is a community asset increases and remains the only public location with relatively large indoor facilities, abundant parking (1007 spaces) and easy freeway access.The Earl Warren Showgrounds is managed by the 19th District Agricultural Association which is a statutorily created agency of the state of California, Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Fairs and Expositions. The district is comprised of all that portion of Santa Barbara county lying East of the Gaviota pass and south of the Santa Ynez mountains. The governance and policy-making is vested in nine voting directors, appointed by the governor to staggered four-year terms.

Board of Directors/Committee Agendas

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Latest Board of Directors Meeting AgendaEquestrian CommitTee Meeting AgendaFinance CommitTee Meeting Agenda

Outdoor Sound Enforcement

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Outdoor Sound enforcement plan

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