Is The Fair Going To Suck This Year?

I spent several hours at the Humboldt County Fair on Monday and I was alarmed at how few people I saw there. Granted I was at a Humboldt Democrats’ booth which was WAY out of the main area, but I really expected to see more people, especially since it was Kids’ Day.  Maybe I was just in a bad mood,  but the usual array of hats and doodads for sale seemed more tacky than ever and when I went looking for lunch,  there didn’t seem to be any choices. I found a Mexican family doing decent street tacos, but not much else.  Where was the BBQ?  Where the gyros? There was one booth doing Chinese but the pickings were lean.

Why is the Fair food so awful? It seems the food vendors, like the handbag vendors, crawl around from Fair to Fair with their funnel cakes but in places like Humboldt, where the local food far outshines anything that could be trucked in, why not showcase our local foods? Where was Southside Mike? Where was Sammy’s? Where was Rita’s? There will be races today and hopefully the attendance will pick up.  If you go, tell us how you liked it. 

By the way, I took a poll of the few folks who stopped by the table.   I talked with 10 folks who were definitely voting for Hilary and one gentleman who said he just couldn’t bring himself to vote for her. I talked him into voting for Gary Johnson instead. It wasn’t hard. 

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6 thoughts on “Is The Fair Going To Suck This Year?

  1. The new fair board has abandoned the public model for a private corporate model, shutting people out — with the complete cooperation of the local county supervisor. If the fair sucks, this could explain it.

  2. I suspect that the Humboldt County Fair, like other county fairs and the State Fair, charge not only a booth fee but also a percentage of the daily sales. On top of this the vendor also has to cover worker salaries and disposable plates, cups, napkins, etc. Plus the vendor may also have the usual overhead of their fixed storefront. I would assume that many local restaurant owners feel that it is just not worth the expense and hassle.

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