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Our Opinion: A more than fair job

March 13, 2001

The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta is over for this year. After 10 days of fun, from rides and games to displays and animal judging, the fair will become a good memory as we look forward to next year's event.

As we look back on the fair, which at times seemed cursed by bad weather, we must credit all those who made it work.

As we said in an earlier editorial, a great deal of work goes into making the fair come to fruition, from the labors of the maintenance workers to the work of volunteers to the hours of dedication of FFA and 4-H community leaders to the parents of kids in such clubs. But credit should be extended even beyond such people.

Heavy rains and strong winds plagued the fair at times. The bad weather created both muddy and puddle-ridden conditions at the fairgrounds, which could have made it difficult for people to enjoy the festivities. But in an action that shows how united the people of the Imperial Valley can be, some local construction companies volunteered their equipment to help alleviate the mud and puddle problems.

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Another group that deserves credit for support of the Imperial Valley youths who raised animals to show at the fair are the buyers of those animals. Many from the local agricultural and business communities bought animals from the young people who had worked so hard to raise the animals. The message those buyers send to our youths is that hard work and commitment pay off and people do care about the positive efforts of young people. It is that kind of support that makes the fair a special experience.

We look forward to next year's fair and for the quality of the fair to continue to remain high. The people who organized the fair did their job. The event was fun. The fairgrounds were kept clean and the entertainment was good.

The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta is a tradition in the Imperial Valley. It gives families and friends a chance to do something together each year.

To the organizers, fair boards, the workers, volunteers, buyers and youth club leaders, good job and keep it up. Your efforts do make a difference.

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