The Lobero welcomed the Agricultural & Horticultural Fair in 1883, 1884, and 1885.

The original Lobero Theatre first opened its doors in 1873, making the 10-year-old building a very attractive venue for the farming enthusiasts to gather and show their wares. Cost of admission was 25 cents.

A Santa Barbara Daily Independent review of the 1885 fair in the April 12, 1885  reads:

“The Horticultural Society, consisting of some of our best and most highly respected ladies and gentlemen of Santa Barbara, may feel proud – yea, doubly proud of their efforts in displaying so grand and rich a scene as the one that, mounted upon tables, stands and platforms, fairly enchanted those who visited Lobero’s Theatre last evening.”

While we wait in the wings for things to return to normal, we hope you enjoy a semi-regular peek into the Lobero archives.

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