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Return to ‘real’ Fair

“Drop in Fair turnout continues trend” (The Union, Aug. 19) must have been an attention-getter for many fairgoers. The article puts forth figures for two years; the word “trend” would suggest more years are involved.

We have attended the Fair off and on for over 40 years. We worked in the Penn Valley Fire Department booth for a number of years. In fact, two years ago I worked on the grounds as a volunteer.

The article indicates this drop in attendance has come in the adult group as well as the juvenile category. A charge for parking, wheelchair rental and carnival fees, as well as the admission charge, make a very expensive afternoon for a family. The “county fair” atmosphere has been replaced by the ferris wheel and carnival. The farm machinery, crosscut saw and ax-throwing have been passed over or reduced in size.



It is a fact of economics that when the revenue declines, fees are usually raised. As fees increase, attendance will drop. Thus starts the terrible circle.

Mr. Scofield (fair director), get out the good old records and albums for a review of past successes. It could help to stop the “trend” and return to the real Nevada County Fair.




Gene Hatton

Grass Valley


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