Fairs are local “economic engines”: not just about cotton candy

By Brian Dahle We don’t ask Caltrans to hold bake sales so it can repair highways. We don’t force the Port of Long Beach to sell raffle tickets to buy new cargo cranes. California recognizes that the critical backbones of commerce are worth the public’s support, that our tax dollars repay rich dividends when they […]

California fairgrounds facing a crisis: Action is needed now

Our magazine is a major supporter of fairs and fairgrounds in rural areas, including Placer County and Nevada County, because they have a long tradition of celebrating local agricultural bounties dating back to the Civil War — in food, wine and art. The tradition continues to this day, with animals, ag education, rides and attractions, […]