West Sacramento Missing From Yolo County State Fair Exhibit

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SACRAMENTO -- Yolo County officials say there was nothing malicious about the exclusion of West Sacramento from its award winning county exhibit at the State Fair.

The display which features a ferris wheel, neon lights and cute characters was seen by West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon who promptly tweeted a wry score card of the Yolo County cities.
Davis 11 mentions, Woodland 5, Winters 1, West Sacramento 0. He also tweeted "typical."

Some Yolo County residents at the fair felt the same way.

"At least a little something, a poster or something," said Ashley Sandoval of Woodland.

The Solano County exhibit was also a multiple ribbon winner at the counties exhibit winning Best of Show. Its exhibit highlighted every city in the county with a moving poster board.

Yolo County Operations and Strategies Manager Beth Gabor said the county asked for participation from each city in the county and got no response from West Sacramento.

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau is a major contributor in terms of resources and ideas for the exhibit and it must be noted that West Sacramento is not a member of the organization which promote mostly agricultural aspects of the county.

"If they didn't offer anything up to it then you can't really blame the people trying to put this together," said Woodland fair goer Melissa Tenhunfeld.

In addition Gabor said they were trying to keep with the State Fair mandated theme.

"Food and fun through agri-tourism and that was really our Yolo County theme," said Gabor.

Gabor said A Sacramento Rivercats item was included in the exhibit which is a nod to West Sacramento's Raley Field where the baseball team plays. But FOX40 was unable to find anything at the exhibit.
An adjacent exhibitor searched the Yolo County entry and did find a Rivercats foam paw that apparently was displayed but fell behind a poster board where it was hidden from view.

Gabor said she welcomed West Sacramento's input for next year's state fair exhibit.


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