The Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Redwood Acres Event Center is a venerable Eureka institution situated on 52 acres near the north end of Harris Street. It first opened its gates in the fall of 1937 for a local agricultural exposition and horse racing; admission to the fairgrounds that year was 50¢ per person. The Fairgrounds host a surprising number of small businesses: on-site food vendors include Humboldt Cider Company, Chicago Dog House, The Boardroom, and Frankie’s New York Style Bagels. You can even browse new and used building materials and salvage at Turtle Mountain Design.
Today auto racing has replaced horse racing, and the agricultural expo event has given way to a full slate of events that include The Best of Humboldt Fair, Humboldt Roller Derby, Humboldt Artisans, Humboldt Sponsors, Redwood Flea Market, NCIDC Intertribal Gathering, Antique Show, Local 4-H, F.F.A. and Junior Livestock Association Shows, Rose Society Show, Quilters Guild, Gem and Mineral Show and Mushroom Fair. The auto racing takes place at Redwood Acres Raceway, a semi-banked, 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack with a vintage covered grandstand and lighting for nighttime racing. And the horses haven’t gone away entirely — you’ll still find an Equine Center with eight barns, four arenas, a round pen, 164 stalls and 77 turn-out pen spaces.
This place is jumping!