Tuesday, July 8, 2014 — Once again, the recently passed California state budget failed to fund county fairs across the Golden State, including our Lassen County Fair held next week in Susanville.
The California Fairs Alliance reports $32 million dollars a year was eliminated from the state budget as a result of recession-related cuts in 2011. That funding was not restored despite support from many lawmakers and a healthier general fund.
According to the Western Fairs Association, more than 30 million people will visit a California fairground sometime during 2014 and not just at fair time. Fairgrounds drive local economies and provide a venue for a wide range of activities and essential services, especially during natural disasters when they serve as evacuation centers for residents and staging areas for emergency workers.
We can help our Lassen County Fair survive and prosper despite the lack of state funding through our participation. The fair receives funding from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors — and all of us who attend events at the fair.
For the full Editorial and Opinions, read the Tuesday, July 8, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.