A week has gone by since the end of the 2001 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. The food vendors, commercial exhibitors, artwork, photography exhibits, youth exhibits and the livestock are all gone. The fairgrounds, in my opinion, haven't looked better.
I have spent the last week reflecting on this past fair and have come up with two conclusions. The weather is uncontrollable and this fair was truly a community event. The weather, in part, was the catalyst for the overwhelming community participation during the setup of the fair and the cleanup after Tuesday's rain.
The Imperial Valley understands the fair and the weather. I pooh-poohed the notion of "fair weather" when I moved here three years ago. No more. We had a plan for the onslaught that occurred and we survived it. I guarantee that this type of pre-planning will always take place for the fair. It is owed to the community.