April Reese: Nevada County not on display at California State Fair
On our recent trip to the California State Fair this past weekend my mom and I were excited to go and see all of the county displays. As we walked around the building with the displays we couldn’t find Nevada County’s display.
We went up to the information booth and asked, “Where was Nevada County’s booth?” We were told that Nevada County did not have one and that out of the 58 counties in California only 23 were represented.
My mom was shocked to hear this and we were very saddened that we weren’t being represented at the State Fair.
As my daughter and I continued to walk around and look at all of the displays, I being her mom was impressed with the time spent to capture what each county’s statement was. Whether it is more tourists or agricultural, to plays to food, to anything that would represent what the county had to offer.
We, as Nevada County, have such a huge diverse agricultural community and tourist venue I just couldn’t believe we didn’t have an eye catching display.
So, once we returned I contacted a friend through Facebook who works in legislature to ask the question why we weren’t there. Her response to me was that was up to the supervisors. So, we contacted the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ office and Ed Scofield graciously answered my email. This is his response to our question.
“State Fair displays are normally done through the support of the regional Chambers of Commerce, other tourist related agencies, and private industries that benefit from visitor dollars. The cost of exhibiting at the State Fair historically has cost a minimum of $10,000. The County in the past has offered $5,000, with the challenge being the other organizations needed to raise the additional necessary dollars, design and construct the exhibit. This year no one stepped up or even showed an interest in doing an exhibit.”
There are wineries that benefit from our tourist visits; there are farms, festivals and other agencies that benefit from being in Nevada County. So, why can’t they all get together and spend the time to put together an awesome display for our county?
We are hoping that our next year’s visit to the California State Fair has a Nevada County booth that we can have our picture taken in front of.
April and Rebecca Reese live in Grass Valley.
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