The Colusa County Board of Supervisors agreed to once again enter the California Counties Exhibit at the 2019 California State Fair, although they may have to dip into reserves to pay the builder.
Gerry Hernandez, University of California Cooperative Extension project coordinator, said if the county decides later to sign the contract to fund the exhibit, the builder will ask for $4,000 (up from $3,000 last year) to help offset the state’s decision this year to reduce prize money.
This year, Colusa County has selected the Sacramento Valley Museum to be featured as the exhibit, which will be inside the California Building at Cal Expo. The State Fair runs July 12-28, in Sacramento.
Hernandez said due to a change in the state’s judging system, it is not likely that Colusa’s exhibit can compete for limited prize money with counties that put a tremendous amount of money and effort into their exhibits.
Although only about 20 to 25 counties tend to have exhibits at the State Fair, officials agree that they are a way to boost tourism.
“We want impact,” Hernandez said. “Last year we featured the Arbuckle Car Show and it made major impact. This year we are doing the Sacramento Valley Museum and we expect a major impact as well there.”
Although the Colusa County Board of Supervisors agreed to submit an entry form to secure their spot, the funding allocation will come back at a later day. Only $3,000 was allocated for the exhibit in the current budget, so the county will have to use reserves if they agree to pitch in another $1,000 to have their county represented, said Wendy Tyler, County Administrative Officer.
The California Counties Exhibits is one of the most popular competitions at the State Fair, and typically attracts more than 10,000 people, officials said. ■