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Mariposa County Fair lands on state closure list

2011 event will go on
By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Who sets the rental rates for

Who sets the rental rates for the cinnilate verf7ibldgs. and the grounds? If the State of Calif sets the rates, obviously those can't be changed. But if the Fair Board sets the rates, they are shooting themselves in the foot (feet!) In past years, several individuals and non-profits have not used the facilities, because of the outrageous rental costs. Whenever rates are raised, fewer individuals/groups use the facilities. Why is the annual budget $700K? It would be interesting to have this budget published. Perhaps a good business man could use a sharp pencil and produce a more reasonable figure.

We need to fight to save our

We need to fight to save our county fair. Bullis is right about everything he stated. We don't just use the fairgrounds once a year, we use it all the time. I think that in order to get us off that list, our BOS should have the governor come down & take a look for himself. If this year is to be the last county fair, then Bullis should go all out: have something similar to the "Mariposa Best" contest go into the Gazette with categories such as "favorite thrill ride", or "favorite food stall". Then have the people send those ballots in, tally them up, & announce the winners in the Gazette. Have the most popular rides at this year's fair. That would not only bring in more people, but would also help the county.

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