Amazing, simply amazing. These people know how to put on a show. It's like watching a machine put up tents, organizing space and people, and dealing with everyone and their uncle who says they know the organizers who will surely let them in for free. It costs money to put this on folks, and these people are making sure attendees get their money's worth. It doesn't do much good to call and ask us questions, all we know how to do is send people to the High Sierra website. So, sorry about that, but we've got a Fair to plan!
Just about 3 weeks before the deadline to get your entries into the fair. July 14 is the day to get your entry sheet to the Fair Office, or get it postmarked. Then we start entering all the data into our Blue Ribbon software that keeps track of everyone and the results of judging. That's the program that tells us who to send money to and for how much. You've got to love a competition that costs a couple of bucks to enter and pays a couple of bucks if you win. Obviously this is for fun and pride. Kind of refreshing when you hear about athletes getting paid 10's of millions of dollars for one year. I'll bet not a one of them could whip up a jar of jam or grow a petunia like Fred Surber.
Nature, and Fred Surber. Fred is the fellow responsible for all the beautiful flowers that you see every year on the fairgrounds and in planter boxes around the county. Of course, many people come out and volunteer to help do that planting. If you're interested, call the Fair Office at 283-6272.
Mother Nature is not to be outdone. With a little help from the weather, every tree has just about exploded with leaves and green. No wonder some one called these fairgrounds the "Cleanest and Greenest". It is absolutely gorgeous here, but we knew it would be.
As if roller derby and American Valley Speedway isn't enough, the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds now has Gymkhana! For those of you who don't know what it is, think relay races on horseback. It's a series of events that have rider and animal weave through poles, pick up and drop off flags, run patterns and try to do it all FAST! Great to watch, and it's free. There is a series going on throughout the summer, the next one is July 17 at the horse arena. Consider coming down to watch this great event. It doesn't matter if you don't know anything about horses, it's just fun to watch. Thanks to all the riders that participated, we hope to see more of you next month.
The weather was perfect! The turn out was amazing. Tons of cars, plenty of food, lots of entertainment. Everybody had a good time. The 1st Annual Plumas Sierra Classic Horse show was a success! This sanctioned event ran smooth and showcased our fairgrounds as a perfect facility for these sorts of shows. The Roller Derby girls were back and competed before a sold out crowd. These girls have to be seen as a real asset to our county. The bottom line is we are motivated! We already have plans for next year's picnic... more to do, more fun. Thanks to everyone that came out. Now let's get ready for Fair!
Don't you worry. It all starts this Friday night with Graffiti Night in Old Town. Musical group Nevada Hazzurd will be performing on the Plumas Bank stage for dancing. Our friends at Southern Accent will be serving their delicious menu of BBQ, and maybe a couple of new items. Of course, the Elks will have beer, and hot dogs and hamburgers. The music is free, the food is reasonable and the company's cheap!
Stay up late and sleep in until 8am, because the picnic starts Saturday at 9am. Cars, cars, cars. Food, music, vendors and sunshine. Wait a minute, you can't sleep in. The Lion's serve breakfast at 7am. You can sleep in on Sunday. The Plumas Mudslingers have a roller derby bout at 1pm and The American Valley Speedway rolls into action late that afternoon. It's 4H Awareness and Showmanship day, see what these young whippersnappers are up to. Why not wander down to the horse arena and watch part of the 1st Annual Plumas Sierra Classic Horse Show? Why not? If I hear anyone say there's nothing to do in Plumas County....
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.