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Fair CEO: Rain isn't stopping crowds

March 09, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Puddles of rain drenched the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta this week but that didn't stop the annual event from going strong.

As of this morning, fair Chief Executive Officer Bill Blair said fair attendance this year is expected to top last year's numbers in spite of essentially losing a day to foul weather when the fair closed early Tuesday due to rain.

"The way numbers are looking now, we're right even with last year's numbers as of today," Blair said.

Rainy weather on Tuesday caused poor attendance and a mutual agreement between the carnival area, vendors and Blair resulted in the fair closing at 8 p.m., two hours early.

Rides in the carnival area shut down during rainy weather because of safety issues, said Blair.

Blair said the rain affected everything from the livestock area to the parking lot, but thanks to local businesses, the damage from the rain was repaired by Thursday.


Granite Construction, Val Rock, Inc., Stoker Co., Lee Havens & Son and Helena Chemical Co. all pitched in with graters, trucks and pumps to clean excess water and mud in the parking lot and grandstand area.

Should it rain again before this weekend, Blair said the fair would be adequately prepared for it.

That shouldn't be a problem, though, as there is only a slight chance of rain for Saturday, according to county meteorologist Jim Christopherson.

Today's high is expected to be 74 degrees with high clouds and a low of 49 degrees. Gusty west winds are expected to arrive this afternoon, reaching 15 to 30 mph overnight. The high Saturday is expected to be 66 degrees, accompanied by high clouds. Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 69 degrees.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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