Pay big money to come up with a Plan?? Don't we already pay someone big money to run the Fairgrounds. If they cannot come up with a plan, maybe they are not qualified for the job. This is all common sense, people.
ravillataMrCommonSense I agree with you on all points. I have seen this all to many times with other venues, cities, counties and more. Waste more money they do not have.
This is good....I would love to see more things going on at our Fairgrounds.
@rav - I don't agree. It is often useful to bring in people from outside to manage a process like this and get a new perspective on things. Also, not being from within the community, they don't have any built in biases.
The fair had been poorly run for years, with management not listening, or not caring about community input. Now there is new management, who seems to actually care about keeping our fair alive, despite having lost state funding. At least they're asking for input and involvement.
I do agree that spending money doesn't seem like a good idea, but, there is the saying, "You ha e to spend money to make money."
Get out of the city............hold you next conference/convention @ the Fair. We have hotels, motels, great little restaurants and plenty of California History.... most difficult problem chairs/tables/exhibit areas.......... camping gear, water ski, gear, boats, fishing gear, ski gear, sun screens.......come on people a little imagination with exhibitors. We don't have Moscone Center but we do have the lakes, rivers, ski area...... We definitely need the business. Fresh paint wouldn't hurt. Farmer's Market has a mural Community could do wonders with murals on the buildings. Including Murals for Celtic Fair. Bands ? ? Indoor folk dancing ... Friday night kids dances.... barn dances... Admission and word in the community (sponsors) might cover rentals in dead time.
The fairgrounds knew that the state was going to stop funding them prior to it actually happening, and they are now doing this?! This should have been done a long time ago! And they should of always has a working business model to work from. What about Friends of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds? Are they not involved in helping raise money for the fairgrounds? There is a lot of unanswered and shady dealings at the fairgrounds it seems.
build am 1/8th mile oval track. have races once a month. Use the profits to fund the fair. bang lets do this.
Friends of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds is likely involved in this process. The new manager, Mr. Bean, has been interested in input, and working with the groups supporting the fair grounds. I think they are trying to step it up, and are going outside the community for a new perspective, from people who do this for a living, while at the same time asking the community for input.
Don't just assume this is a separate effort, isolated from the Friends of the Fair, and community members. It's one tool in the toolbox.
And, if you know much about funding, yes, there was some advance knowledge, but, many times, there are bills to try to prevent funding loss going through at the same time as the cuts, all dependent on the state budget. So, nothing is final til it's final. You always hold out hope.
Too bad the prior management didn't or wouldn't listen to some input. Instead it left a bad taste in one's mouth! Good luck though.
Going into the winter months it will likely need to be indoor events using the auditorium. Like Mud Wrestleing, Arm Wrestling,Karioke,Cage Fighting and stuff like that....When the weather warms why not compete with Ironstone and put on music events or tractor pulls or Rodeo???
You're absolutely right, Get Real. Once folks are left with a bad taste in their mouth, it's sometimes hard to overcome that. I really, really believe that the new management want the fairgrounds to be the community's fairgrounds, to hold community events, and to listen to input, and to build the fair up again. But, some folks don't realize it's new management, and they aren't as open to helping or giving it the benefit of the doubt because of that. And, even if some do understand that it's new management with new philosophies, it's still sometimes hard to let go of the negative opinion until they've actually seen a change.
Just because this is common practice doesn't mean it is right. It might mean it is a good way to funnel big money to some good ole boy friends. If the people in place cannot have a vision and a plan for the fairgrounds, they should quit or be fired and a qualifed person put in place that does'nt have to pay big money for 'ideas"
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