Our Opinion: Events mean a lot

March 12, 2002

The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta has ended, but the memories of all the hard work put in are still fresh. The results were easy to see — every day thousands of fair-goers filled the fairgrounds to enjoy the shows and rides.

Many people deserve credit for making the fair such a success, from fair manager Bill Blair and the fair board to the maintenance workers to the carnival workers to the performers. Local 4-H and FFA leaders also deserve plaudits for helping youths prepare for the fair. Also worthy of recognition are those who invested thousands of dollars in purchasing animals raised by the 4-H and FFA kids.

No other event brings together people from the Valley like the fair. Whether you reside in Calexico or Brawley or points father north, the fair is meant to be your fair. It is not Imperial's fair or El Centro's or any other city's. It is a fair for the entire Imperial Valley community.


We are fortunate to have people in the Valley willing to work so hard to create such a successful event. It is no easy task to bring the fair to fruition every year. And while we all may have different tastes as to the type of entertainment we enjoy, the fair truly offers something for everyone.

Perhaps most important, the fair is a great family activity when it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to do things together. The fair celebrates the importance of the family by offering a chance for parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to all enjoy activities.

We also wish to thank the Blue Angels for putting on the 32nd air show at Naval Air Facility El Centro on Saturday. Every year the show offers thrilling aerobatics for the people of the Valley to enjoy.

This year's air show may have been more important than any air show the Angels have done here. This was the first air show in the Valley since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the show gave people a chance to feel proud of their military and their country.

It's important for people to see the military is still strong and doing what it can to protect us. That is exactly the message the Angels got across during their performance.

It also is important that we show our support for the Blue Angels and NAF El Centro. With another round of base closures on the horizon, making the Navy feel welcome, appreciated and well-served by being in the Valley has never been more important.

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