Jonathan Howard was appointed CEO of the Colusa County Fair last fall. He dove into his first Farm Show in February, and now he is working toward making his first Colusa County Fair June 4-7 one of the best.
Howard, a native of Colusa said he has loved the Fair his entire life, and he has a ton of memories of what it once was and what it will be again.
“The fair is about showcasing the county, its people, and its businesses,” he said. “We want this year’s fair to capture the feel of that longstanding tradition, but while doing that we are adding a lot of very exciting things,” he said.
“Visitors to a county fair take away a sense of the community,” he said. “It is our job to make that first impression a good one and one that will reflect well on our county and what we have to offer here,” he added.
The 76th annual Colusa County Fair has a theme of “There is Magic in the Fair”.
Howard said that the theme was spot on.
“Anyone who grew up here remembers the fair,” he said.
Beginning with the revitalization and renovation projects to the fairgrounds and buildings, Howard has also implemented a variety of additions to make the fair patrons more at home, more comfortable and more entertained.
A welcome addition this year will be several, strategically placed cooling tented areas.
Parents will have the comfort of a shaded area while watching their children enjoy Kids World and other rides.
Another addition along those lines is the Messick’s Ace Hardware “Cool Down Zone” which will be a tent covered area equipped with misters and sprinklers.
There have been facelifts and additions to the exhibit buildings and the “Big Wheel” itself has been repainted and will be well lighted and a focal point of the grounds.
The line-up of entertainment and events is a good mix of new and tried and true.
Howard, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an event planner, said he feels as if he is up to the challenge.
“Everything that happens on the fairgrounds is my responsibility,” he said adding that coupled with the vast experience of the fair staff, its Board of Directors and the hundreds of community sponsors and volunteers this is going to be a great time.
Fair information and schedules are available online at www.colusacountyfair.com or by calling Jonathan Howard at (530) 458-2641.