First held in 1857, the Stockton Fair has undergone location changes, a disastrous fire, missed a few years, then returned with vitality and evolved into today's long-running premier event to showcase the county and its agriculture.
Capt. Charles Weber founded Stockton in 1847. With the 1848 gold discovery in the nearby Sierra, Stockton grew rapidly with the flood of fortune-seekers and was soon the fourth largest city in California. San Joaquin County's fertile soil became a major source of the agriculture products needed to feed the state's fast-growing population.