Have questions about the fair? Here are some answers

Have questions about the Plumas-Sierra County Fair? Well, the following information might be of assistance. Plumas News found this Q&A on the fair’s website and decided to share it with our readers. Based on the entertaining responses to some of the questions, this has the imprint of Fair Manager John Steffanic.

What are the dates and hours of the 2022 Fair?
The main Fair opens on Thursday, July 28 and runs thru Sunday, July 31. It opens at noon daily and closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

How much does it cost to get into the 2021 Fair?
We start charging admission on Thursday, July 28. That is Kids and Seniors Day; Kids 11 and under, and Seniors 62 and over are free that day. Plus, the first two hours are free to encourage people to come eat lunch at the Fair. You can stay all day if you come in those two hours, but if you leave, you have to pay to get back in. The prices for the rest of that day, as well as the next two days (Friday and Saturday) are $6 for adults (18 and up), $5 for students (12-17 years) and seniors (62+), and $4 for kids (6-11). Sunday, July 31 is Pay What You Can Day; just throw whatever you can into the donation box.

How can we pay for our admission tickets?
We accept cash or checks. No credit or debit cards are accepted.


Are there discounts on admission?
Yes! As we said, kids 11 and under along with seniors 62 and over are free on Thursday, July 28. Sunday, July 31 is Pay What You Can Day. We also have a daily family pass for up to 5 family members for $14. We also offer a 3 day pass for adults – $10, senior/student 3 day pass – $8 and a kid 3 day pass for $6. There is also a family 3 day pass for $35. As always, military personnel and first responders in uniform are free. Children 5 and under are free too.

Are pets allowed at the fairgrounds?
Unfortunately, no. Animals registered for exhibition are allowed. Of course, service animals are allowed. That means the animal is required because of a disability and has been trained to perform work or tasks that include seeing, hearing, detecting a seizure or to tow or pull. Comfort animals are not allowed.

What times does the Carnival operate?
The Carnival opens at 1 p.m. each day beginning Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. It closes at 10 p.m .on Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday

What deals are available for the Carnival?
You have two pre-sale options; the Golden Ticket or the Carnival Coupon. The Golden Ticket offers unlimited rides for all 4 days for $90. The Carnival Coupon is $25 and can be exchanged for a one day, unlimited ride wristband on Thursday or Sunday. It cannot be exchanged for a wristband on Friday or Saturday, but can be exchanged for $32 worth of tickets on those days. Pre-sale Carnival tickets are only available until Wednesday, July 27, and sometimes we run out, so purchase yours early!


Where can I buy pre-sale Carnival Tickets?
In Quincy, they are available at Plumas Bank, Safeway and the Fair Office. In Chester; Plumas Bank. Portola; Plumas Bank. Loyalton; Sierra Valley Home Center. Sierraville; Sierra Valley Feed & Ranch Supply. Cash and checks only. .

Are there ATMs at the Fair?
There are. They are operated by a third party, so we don’t know what the fees are.

Will there be a Junior Livestock Auction this year?
Absolutely! 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 31 in the SPI Pavilion. Come buy an animal and support 4H and FFA! Go to the Plumas Sierra Junior Livestock Facebook Page for more information.

How is the Fair handling COVID-19?
The Plumas Sierra County Fair takes the prevention of spreading COVID19 very seriously. While things look pretty good for a mostly normal event, look for some ways we are working to stop the spread of the virus. The easiest step is one we have been doing for years to fight e-coli; washing our hands. There will be hand washing and hand sanitizing stations throughout the livestock area and the food court. We have tons of hand sanitizer that we want everyone to use so we can get rid of it! Since we are a mostly outdoor event, mask requirements and social distancing will mainly be felt in our exhibit buildings. The truth is, we rarely have had enough people in one building at one time to worry about building capacity, but we will still be aware of it. If 300 people suddenly decide to all go into the quilt building at the same time, we will probably slow that train down. Not to mention being shocked that that many people want to go into the building at the same time! In other words, we know what to look for when it comes to unsafe situations and will do what is necessary to fix the issue. Our bet is that you won’t notice. If you are vaccinated, you can move freely about the fairgrounds, inside and out. If you are not vaccinated, you are supposed to wear a mask when you enter a building. There will be no police or security to check you out. We are relying on everyone to show respect for each other; if you should wear a mask, we hope you do. If you see someone who isn’t wearing a mask, please believe in their reasons and if you are nervous, keep your distance from them. If you have COVID symptoms; fever, cough, shortness of breath, or can’t taste things, please don’t come to the Fair. Did we mention that their will be hand sanitizer everywhere?


What has the Carnival done about COVID-19?
The carnival industry has taken a beating over the past year. They realize that the only way they will be able to recover is by making sure their customers know that the Carnival has done everything in it’s power to create a safe and sanitary space. To do that, the industry has been on the cutting edge of sanitizing surfaces, line management and distancing. These are all good things. It is still your responsibility to keep a safe distance from others, be aware of what you touch, and keep your hands sanitized throughout your visit. Remember, the virus will come from a visitor just like you, the Tilt-a-Whirl is not the source of the virus. If everyone that rides the Tilt-a-Whirl is responsible, then everyone is safe.

Does the Fair have wheelchairs?
Sorry, we don’t have wheelchairs available for rent or loan.

What kind of special events will be at the 2022 Plumas Sierra County Fair?
On Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in the Grandstands will be the Jake Jacobson Concert. Admission is $10 at the Grandstand Gate. You fair admission does not include concert admission.

You can count on the American Valley Speedway to put on a great race Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge to the grandstands, check their website for details. www.americanvalleyspeedway.com.


Can you guarantee I will have a good time at the 2022 Fair?