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It’s almost fair time

Make plans now to spend some time there

The Plumas-Sierra County Fair opens one week from today and there’s sure to be something to interest everyone. This week’s newspaper includes our annual fair supplement, which includes a welcome from Fair Manager John Steffanic, a schedule of events, and a number of stories outlining the various acts, exhibits and more that await fairgoers.

The fair is a time to come together and celebrate all that is best in Plumas and Sierra counties. From 4-H youth and their livestock, to the creations in the Art Barn, to the quilts hanging in the Home Arts building, there is much to be appreciated. Of course, there are the floral arrangements and gardens, as well as the jams and jellies waiting to be admired. It takes a lot of time, effort and some expense to enter items into the fair, and all we have to do is show up to demonstrate our appreciation for those that contribute.

That spirit is definitely in keeping with this year’s theme “Show what you grow; share what you know.” Whether you live in the Chester/Lake Almanor Basin, Indian Valley, Eastern Plumas or in Quincy, make a point of spending at least one afternoon or evening at the fair.

It’s easy to romanticize the fair. The annual community event represents a bit of Americana that is deeply engrained in all of us. The food, the music, the rides, the exhibits, the carnival atmosphere — everyone has a favorite fair memory. We can probably trace the nostalgia to our childhood so be sure to stop by the youth livestock area and acknowledge today’s young people.

And don’t forget about the annual fair parade that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and travels down Main Street. It’s another slice of Americana with floats, fire trucks, horseback riders, music, old cars and entries unique to Plumas.

There is something for everyone to enjoy and the fair provides the perfect opportunity to take a break from everything that’s going on in our world — at least for a little while. We all need one.

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