Drop in Funding Puts San Joaquin County Fair in Jeopardy

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San Joaquin County Fair (File)


It has been a part of San Joaquin County for more than a century, but a drop in state funding and horse racing revenue has left county fair goers wondering if the 153-year-old tradition will be back next season.

“It is really fun. It is what we look forward to during the summer,” said fair participant Taylor Dudley.

For teens like Dudley, the fair is where she sells her lambs every year, something that has taught her responsibility.

“Everyday you spend an hour or so with it. You hand feed it and treat it like a baby,” said Dudley.

On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Fair board heard from the community.

The most substantial recommendation came from a livestock group willing to bring in volunteers to keep the fair going.

“They would be fundraising. They would conduct the show on behalf of the fair. That alone would save the fair about $60,000,” said Sacramento financial consultant, Brian May.

To keep the same look and attractions as years prior, consultants say volunteers alone are not going to cut it.

Other recommendations include a new marketing strategy with a focus on social media.

The board will discuss the recommendations at their next meeting November, 20th.

A decision could be announced as early as December.

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