The Colusa County Fair Foundation set the fundraising bar high last year with its popular events and membership drive, but that won’t stop the non-profit organization from exceeding expectations once again in 2018.
The Foundation has a five-year plan to raise about $250,000 to renovate Festival Hall at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, which includes the replacement of the heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems this year, followed by roof replacement, renovation of the restrooms and kitchen, indoor and outdoor paint, and landscaping, said Foundation President Ben Carter, at the fourth annual membership meeting in Etchepare Hall on March 20.
In 2017, the Foundation completed the concrete expansion of the Fur and Feathers building and other projects, Carter said, after raising more than $44,000 from the Kiss the Pig Contest, $24,000 the annual Golf Tournament and $1,700 from the gun raffle, which is sponsored each year by Frank Rogers and The Refuge.
The Foundation was formed in 2014 for a variety of purposes, Carter said, including preserving the heritage and vitality of the Colusa County Fair, providing financial support for repairs and improvements of the fairgrounds, and educating the community concerning the value of the fair and its facilities.
The organization has about 105 members, up about 10 from 2017, and iss the result of more aggressive recruitment, Carter said.
“We do rely on membership dues,” Carter said. “It supplies a significant portion of our budget. It represents about 25 percent of what we take in.”
The Colusa County Fair Foundation, a non-profit organization, has an 11-member board of directors, each serving staggered four-year terms.
“These people are wonderful resources for the fair foundation, the fair, and the county, so I personally want to thank them for all they do,” said Carter, who along with Sandy Ottenwalter and Dan Bailey, was reelected last week by a majority of the vote of the membership.
Also during the meeting, the Fair Foundation recognized Mackenzie Bressler for her support and dedication to the fair and organization.
“She has been a tremendous help to us the last year, providing technical support, moral support, office support,” Carter said.
Although Mackenzie was unable to attend the meeting due to a conflicting event, her parents, Terry and D’Ann Bressler, accepted a certificate of appreciation on her behalf.
Mackenzie graduated from Colusa High School in 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and works for Farmers Communication Exchange in Sacramento.
The Fair Foundation is also making plans to recognize other people who have long ties to the Colusa County Fair by establishing the Colusa County Fair Heritage Award, which would be a perpetual award on display at the fairgrounds, with names added each year, members said.
Foundation members said they are also a few weeks away from unveiling their 2018 major fundraiser, which organizers hope will surpass last year’s Kiss the Pig contest.
The event will again be held at 6 PM on June 5, the Wednesday before the Colusa County Fair, and will be a themed “team” contest, involving chickens and music, organizer Sheila Etchepare said. ■