That was the excuse I used on my Mom all the time, and now I'm using it on you! 15 days to the Fair and we are going 200mph! (We used to say 100mph, but like everything else, we have to make it sound bigger, better, faster) This is going to be a fantastic fair. We are planning lots of details that will put our fair way beyond every other fair in the state (bigger, better, faster) I've got to run, but please buy your tickets to Trailer Choir, the rodeo and the logging show, on-line or at the Fair office. Same for the carnival tickets, you will be very happy you have a couple of books per kid when you're in the middle of the fair and you don't have
Restrictions on where you can smoke are a fact of public life now. Most people are aware that smoking is not allowed in any barn or building on the fairgrounds. It definitely makes sense in our barns with all the straw and wood that's been drying for the past 70 years. There is no smoking in the food court or the grandstands. One area that had not been considered, until now, was the carnival. Several people, some smokers, noticed that little children came awfully close to getting burned by adults carrying their lit cigarettes at kid head level. Yeah, we see how that can be dangerous. It was brought before the Fair Board this past winter and the Board decided to prohibit smoking in the carnival area. The carnival operator has let us know his workers will respect that and be sure to take their smoke breaks away from the rides and public. Thanks to them.
So, where can you smoke on the fairgrounds? Certainly on the paved roads and any grassy area not specifically mentioned as a prohibited area. Will we have smoke police? No. We're counting on the kind of respect and consideration residents of Plumas and Sierra counties are known for. Other fairs have folks from the health department who will point out if someone is smoking in a non-smoking area and pass out patches, gum and pamphlets. Who knows, maybe we can get that together.
I talked with someone from the Marin County Fair where they completely banned smoking on the fairgrounds. They set up a tent just outside the fence for smokers. I suggested they felt ostracized and were probably upset. She reported just the opposite. I guess it turned into the party tent and was overflowing during the event. What do you think of that?
Planning for the Fair has been mostly bummer free, but alas, we had our first casualty. Our planned Paintball Tournament has been scrubbed. We couldn't get the logistics straightened out fast enough so we couldn't get the semi-pro teams lined up in time. But, we're not giving up on this one. It might be next year, but we really want to try this event out.
Other than that, everything else is in high gear! Trailer Choir ticket sales have moved into hyper drive, so get yours now! Just click on the entertainment tab above and you can purchase your tickets on line. Exhibit entries are pouring in as today is the deadline. You can still enter, but there is a stiff fee. You have until the end of the day, you can even drop them off in our drop box out front of our office in Quincy.
The music festival is almost cleaned up. Horse mastership this weekend, gymkhana next Saturday and the Fair August 11-15. It's like the countdown to the Super Bowl! Get your entries in before July 14, we want to see lots of entries.
It's always fun to watch people try to pull themselves together after a party. The pace is definitely slower. The High Sierra Musical Festival has wrapped up their 20th anniversary show, and it looks like it was very well attended, and everyone had a great time. They sure did generate a lot of garbage! Just as I wrote that, I heard a horn honk outside and it is a Waste Management truck
As I sit if my office, I can hear the thumping of bass out on the fairgrounds. There are people of every shape and size, every age. Some are getting ridiculously sun burnt, most don't care. They're eating, drinking, dancing and singing. I'm sure they're doing other things as well, but for now, I'm content to look out the window and enjoy the show.
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.