Theme selected for 2019 Colusa County Fair

The 2019 Colusa County Fair is still nine months away, with lots of activities between now and then, but fair officials have selected a theme that reflects both the expo’s longevity and the community’s enduring patriotism, Fair officials announced last week.

Youth groups and other organizations can begin planning around “80 Years of American Flare at the Colusa County Fair.”

The 44th District Agricultural Association (Fair Board) kicked around a number of ideas for the 2019 theme at their Aug. 22 meeting, many of them highlighting the Colusa County Fair’s eight decades as a timeless country tradition.

“Patriotism is something we can plan around,” said Fair Board Director Laurie Costa. “We can really go all out with decorations in red, white, and blue.”

Chief Executive Officer Laura Ford said she really wanted something patriotic this year, and believes the theme will also allow fair activities, such as pageants, and participants to not just incorporate their love of country, but also use the theme to show their appreciation to firefighters and other first responders.

While Fair officials continue to plan upcoming events, including Pumpkin Village, Holiday Craft Faire & Gift Show, and Colusa Farm Show, the Fair Board said it plans to continue improving the overall efficiency and look of the fairgrounds, possibly before the next Colusa County Fair.

The Fair Board is considering a massive State-authorized LED retrofit of all its lighting fixtures, including the grandstands, although nothing has been finalized.

The Fair Board also plans to introduce a new memorial bench policy, as they move to replace deteriorated and unsafe wooden benches at the fairgrounds with portable benches made from sun-and-weather-resistance materials, which can be stored when not in use, moved to set up and tear down exhibitions like the Farm Show, and placed during events where tripping hazards don’t exist.

Ford said benches that are fixed into place are no longer conducive to the way the Farm Show and Colusa County Fair operates, and they pose too many challenges for staff and vendors.

Directors Terry Bressler, Sue Gibbs, and Walt Seaver will develop the bench policy and bring it back to the board for final approval.

The new policy may include the purchase price of the benches, and an annual fee that is renewable every five years, Bressler said.