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No or­di­nary fair, this Cal­i­for­nia mar­ket fo­cuses on the fun of find­ing vin­tage and an­tique trea­sures.

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There won’t be any goats and it’s no longer held on a farm, but the Goat Hill Fair, now in its fifth year, is one of the best at­tended and most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated vin­tage shows in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Held each May and Novem­ber at the scenic Santa Cruz County Fair­grounds, the two-day shop­per’s par­adise fea­tures nearly 100 ven­dors.

Cyndi Garo­falo, the event’s or­ga­nizer, re­calls spend­ing more than a decade at­tend­ing an­tiques fairs, fes­ti­vals and ex­pos as both a seller and buyer. “I learned what made a suc­cess­ful event—and what ru­ined one,” Cyndi says.

Goat Hill show­cases both care­fully se­lected ven­dors and over- the-top, crazy dis­plays. Each seller guar­an­tees at least 80 per­cent of the goods he or she sells are vin­tage or an­tique. The other 20 per­cent must be ar­ti­san creations, prefer­ably crafted from up­cy­cled or re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als, or lo­cally made ed­i­bles. And, each “shop­keeper” is ex­pected to dis­play the ob­jects up for grabs in unique and en­tic­ing ways.

Al­though it’s hard to imag­ine any­one would long for any­thing else, the Santa Cruz County Fair­grounds also boasts a fam­ily- friendly park and a work­ing agri­cul­tural history mu­seum.

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