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.
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.