After a two-year hiatus, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair is back and scheduled for July 28-31. File photo by Mari Erin Roth

Fair manager concedes – a fair is just not possible this year

After considering a potpourri of alternatives to hold some version of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair this year, Fair Manager John Steffanic announced today that it’s not going to happen.

Extensive plans had been made to have the Fair take place off the fairgrounds, complete with a carnival, food vendors and entertainment, and they have all been shelved due to a variety of concerns. “Just having a fair event off the fairgrounds generates a slew of issues, but throw in air quality, a new threat of the fire heading this way, and even COVID (remember that?), makes the effort futile,” Steffainic said.

Steffanic said he wants the public to know that “We spent way too much time trying to come up with schemes to have any number of events, and they just haven’t panned out.” He said it’s time to turn attention to 2022.

In true Steffanic fashion, he  points out “that if a big rainstorm comes through for a week, the fire is out, fire camp moves out, everyone gets the vaccination and Mother Nature doesn’t come up with any new ideas, well, the fairgrounds will probably find something to put on. It might be a BBQ, but it will be something.”

There are a couple of scheduled events in October, including the FRC Rodeo and the Harvest Festival, and for now, they are still expected to happen. Stay tuned to the fair website and Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.