SARALEE & RICHARD'S BARN
A Permanent Agriculture Education Center on the grounds of the Sonoma County Fair
For over 80 years, the backbone of the Sonoma County Fair has always been agriculture. Generations of 4-H and FFA'ers grew up showing animals at the Fair and returned years later to watch their children and even grandchildren do the same.
One of these young 4-H members was Saralee McClelland Kunde, who showed her prized cows at the Sonoma County Fair as a youth in the 1950s and 60s. Saralee remained closely integrated with promoting agriculture and the Fair throughout the rest of her life, becoming and employee and later a board member of the Sonoma County Fair. She and her husband, Richard, hosted numerous fundraisers each year, helping to fund scholarships for youth in agriculture. When Saralee passed away in January of 2014, she left behind and incredible legacy as a grape grower, philanthropist, community leader and agricultural mentor.
As a county based in agriculture, be it dairy, grapes, or other commodities, having a location where agriculturalists can showcase their value to our community is essential. A permanent agriculture education center can promote better understanding of agriculture, which in turn provides support for farmers and ranchers. In our urban culture, educating youth about the importance of our agriculture industry and how it brings fresh food to their table daily is more important than ever.
The nearly 12,000 square foot facility will serve as a showcase and promote the county's heritage and its $4 billion industry. It will serve as a venue in honor of Saralee and Richard, potentially hosting fundraising dinners, wine competitions, culinary demonstrations, farm to table activities, 4-H and FFA seminars and meetings, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau's Ag Days for over 4,000 elementary school children and various private events.
DONOR SUPPORT LEVELS
Naming Rights Gifts
- Agricultural Education Center Endowment Fund • $1,000,000 • Richard & Saralee Kunde
- The Plaza • $200,000 • Redwood Credit Union
- Demonstration Kitchen Area • $150,000 • Ovations FanFare, LLP
- The Olive Grove • $100,000 • Summit State Bank
- The History Wall • $100,000 • Ernest L & Ruth W. Finley Foundation
- The Pasture • $100,000 • Clover Sonoma
- The Fountain • Negotiable
Donor Recognition Wall
The following donation levels will be delineated on the donor wall:
- Sweepstakes • $100,000+
- Best of Class • $50,000 to $99,999
- Double Gold • $25,000 to $49,999
- Gold • $10,000 to $24,999
- Silver • $5,000 to $9,999
Thank you for helping to turn this dream into reality!
How To Donate:
Mail checks to:
Sonoma County Fair Foundation
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Please call us with any questions: