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Thank You: Fair thanks offered

March 24, 2001

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.

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The second part of the community aspect was the feeling of safety and well being during the 10 days of the fair. I have to commend Sheriff Harold Carter, Chief Ronnie Moore and the Imperial Police Department, Lt. Dean Wells and all of the sheriff's officers, reserve officers, Sheriff's Office bike patrol, the Probation Department, the Imperial County Fire Department; and Gordon Johnson and Stan Armstrong of my security and safety team. There were no major (very few minor) incidents or injuries during the run of the fair. This has to be attributed to their diligence and concerns for the safety of all those who take part in the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta.

A huge thanks to all who participated and came to the fair. The cows have come home and it is time to begin planning for the next one.

BILL BLAIR

Chief executive officer

Imperial Valley Expo

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