California, here we come!

Watch our scenic video-journey in and around California and San Diego County, site of the 93rd ARBA Convention. San Diego is a modern city on the Southern California seacoast known for its ideal climate, miles of beaches, and location on the Mexican border, right across from Tijuana. It has a rich heritage built around sailing and is home to the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. It is also well known for its part in the wildlife conservation movement, being home to a Sea World theme park and the “world-famous” San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. San Diego is an excellent place to plan a family getaway.

In the 19th century, San Diego passed from Spanish to Mexican to American hands. In 1850, a few years after the United States gained control of California, San Diego was officially designated a city. But with much of the westward expansion to California centered on the gold rush and San Francisco. American influences were slow to come to San Diego. But eventually they did, and in the later decades of the Goldrushhandbill19th century the railroad came to San Diego, resulting in further growth of the city and the establishment of Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The U.S. Navy discovered San Diego in the early 20th century, and constructed a coaling station on Point Loma in 1907. Ten years later, the Naval Air Station on Coronado island was established, and in later years the Navy would take on an increasingly important role in the city’s economy. Today San Diego is home to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and is a favorite leave location for sailors.


Del Mar Fairgrounds: Site of the 93rd ARBA Convention


Aerial view of famous Del Mar Race Track and Turf Club

The Del Mar Fairgrounds located in North San Diego County features spacious exhibit halls. A surplus of space has been reserved to insure a “low density” showroom. The buildings are well maintained, and have high ceilings. The Open and Youth shows will each be under their own separate roofs and next door to each other. The quality of the showroom setup will be emphasized for the ease of the exhibitor including accommodations for the disabled. The showroom and headquarters hotel are located next door to each other and are near breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


The San/Del Mar Hilton is a resort-style facility and is the ARBA headquarters hotel.

Del Mar is where the “surf meets the turf at old Del Mar” and has been attracting horse racing fans since 1937. Del Mar in Spanish means “the sea”. The Del Mar 350 acre horse race track has a Hollywood past. In 1937 it was built and sponsored by Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Paramount Studios. The conception began when Bing Crosby a horse enthusiast and local ranch owner, was asked to organize a meet at Del Mar. He approached the Del Mar Fairgrounds to make a deal with them to build a grandstand and the rest is Hollywood history.

Since then it has become one of the worlds most famous race tracks and has entertained celebrities such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mickey Rooney, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jimmy Durante, Dorothy Lamour, Red Skelton, Paulette Goddard and Ava Gardner. Del Mar’s 1993 season marked the opening of a new $80 million grandstand, built in the Spanish mission style of the original structure. The new grandstand features more seats, better race viewing, and a centrally located scenic paddock. The $1 million Pacific Classic, featuring the top horses in the country, is held the second weekend in August.

Families and individuals who rarely have vacations can make the convention a two-fold event by including quality “rabbit and cavy time” at the show, and quality “family time” afterwards. San Diego is home to the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Sea World, Lego Land, Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, Tijuana Mexico, Sportfishing, The original California Mission, The Gaslamp Quarter and many other attractions.

Never before have ARBA members had the combined opportunity of experiencing excellent show facilities, neighboring headquarters hotel, world class vacation destination and watching the sun set over the Pacific!

San Diego: Its History and Appeal


San Diego Harbor Marina

San Diego is ranked as one of the top convention and tourist destinations in the continental United States. The average temperature in San Diego during October and November is 70 degrees with an average rainfall of only .33 inches and an average sunshine of 68%. An ARBA Convention has been held twice before in San Diego in 2001 and in 2009. Prior to that, the closest convention to San Diego was the 1926 convention in Anaheim. San Diego is a world class city and, perhaps, one of the largest metropolitan areas in which a convention has been held in recent years. San Diego is a regular host to some of the largest events in the United States including two Superbowl’s, the Republican National Convention, and the America’s Cup Races.


Mission San Diego De Alcala

San Diego is the birthplace of California and the site of the historic Mission San Diego de Alcala, Fr. Junipero Serra’s first mission in the upper (Alta) California chain of Spanish missions. San Diego

was host to the 1916 Pan-American Exposition celebrating San Diego as the first port of call for ships that passed through the completed Panama canal. A small exhibit of exotic animals at the expo grew into what is today, the worlds largest collection of animals, the San Diego Zoo.

The Zoo is located in Balboa Park which is also home of the largest collection of museums West of the Mississippi, including the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Historical Museum, San Diego Fine Art Museum, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Hall of Champion, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and the Timken Art Galleryplus an antique carousel and the world famous Old Globe Theater.


Museums, Balboa Park

San Diego has a rich aerospace history. During World War II, San Diego was the headquarters for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft (Convair) which later became General Dynamics under the direction of Col. Rueben H. Fleet. Convair produced airplanes and airplane components for the allies. During the post war era, Convair produced the Atlas missile for the Man on the Moon program. During the Cold War, San Diego’s Convair produced F-16 fighters and was the birthplace of the Cruise Missile.

San Diego’s aerospace industry has given way to the burgeoning mobile telecommunications industry. San Diego’s is termed Telecom Valley as home to Qualcomm, Nokia, Remec and others.

San Diego’s beaches are breathtaking; from La Jolla to Mission Beach and its 1923, Church and Prior roller coaster; to the grand Hotel Del Coronado, an 1887 Victorian jewel by the sea. San Diego is home to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography which recently opened the multi million dollar Stephen Birch Aquarium.

San Diego has many newer attractions and hotels that have been built including the world-famous LegoLand. The CR&CS committee has negotiated affordable hotel rates to allow members from all economic levels the opportunity to attend. San Diego’s Lindberg Field has more passenger seat volume and is serviced by more large aircraft than any ARBA convention in recent years.

Amazing Tours Have Been Lined Up!

Be sure to get your copy of our official show catalog to learn about these exciting tours:

Hotel Del Coronado Tour
The ultimate bucket-list tour. This incredible Pacific Coast 1887 resort hotel has the most incredible history and sights.


Tequilla and Tacos and Ghost Tour
The fascinating history and tastes of Old San Diego, plus a visit to the Whaley House listed as the most haunted house in America by Life Magazine.


KW Cages Factory Tour
Visit the industries largest cage manufacturer for a rare behind the scenes Made in America factory tour.

World Famous San Diego Zoo Tour
See the largest collection of flora and fauna in the United States. Considered possibly the finest zoo in the world.


Southern California Major Attractions

San Diego Zoo
San Diego Wild Animal Park

Sea World San Diego


Disney’s California Adventure

Knott’s Berry Farm

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography