Gov. Gray Davis appointed seven Imperial Valley residents to serve on the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta board, a move we are pleased to see because it means the board will once again be whole. For much of the summer, the board could not form a quorum because new board members had not yet been appointed.
While the fair board may not receive a lot of press throughout the year — except for the months of February and March when the fair is in full swing — the board is important in the Imperial Valley because the fairgrounds, known as the Imperial Valley Expo, are important.
The fairgrounds offer a central point for the Imperial Valley. It's a facility where events can be staged year round, bringing Valley residents together. And more and more we are seeing the fairgrounds used year round as a site for historical, cultural and family events. It's also as site for meetings on issues that affect the entire Valley not only a select few communities.