I made it to Sacramento twice last week to appear before the budget sub-committees for the State Assembly and Senate. Over half the fairs in California were in attendance and spoke to why fairs are important to our state. The politicians were very sympathetic and obviously are fair supporters. However, they all talked about how this budget was going to hurt, and fairs might be injured. Our goal as an industry was to have the sub-committees hold the issue of cutting our funds open for further discussion. They agreed to do so and we are working on ways to keep fairs funded. Fairs have a lot of friends in the legislature, we hope they stick with us.
John is the CEO of the Plumas Sierra County Fair. He lives in Portola and has been coming to the Fair in Quincy since he was a young boy. Chipper has allowed his name to be used in the title of this blog, but the viewpoints are all John's.