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Our Opinion: Fair fun here

March 01, 2001

The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta will begin its 10-day run Friday and we expect a lot of good things from this year's fair.

As always, the fair offers 10 days of family entertainment. And while there is not a lot new this year, we think that is because the fair has built a strong foundation over the past few years. The Plaza de la Cultura, Ag County USA, the gem and mineral building and the discovering science exhibit are among the displays that form the core of each year's fair and all are well worth the visit. Each year the displays are upgraded to be better than ever, and this year looks to be no exception.

The entertainment includes Mark Chesnutt, Freddy Fender and Steppenwolf, and each is likely to draw a good crowd. Auto racing returns to the fair this year and there will be the inaugural car-hopping contest. A new hypnotist, a sand-castle display and a group of acrobats are among other entertainment highlights.

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But the real highlight of the fair is the local participation. Hundreds of still exhibits adorn the Hulsienda gallery (see our Life page story, page A10), ranging from crafts to rockets to art. FFA and 4-H students have filled the barn areas with animals they have raised for months in preparation for the fair. Local performers will take the stage throughout the fair's run and all performances by local groups are free.

Another thing that hasn't changed at the fair, and we are glad to see this, is the price. While an evening of carnival rides, food and souvenirs can add up for a family, the admission price has remained $6 for several years and we think it is well worth the cost. With advance ticket discounts and wristbands available for unlimited carnival rides during the week, the fair provides great entertainment value for the price.

The fair is one of the largest community events in the Imperial Valley. Not only does it highlight the Valley's agricultural roots, it provides an opportunity to meet with friends and spend time with family. We commend the fair's board, staff and volunteers who have made the fair possible and hope to see everyone there.

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