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Plumas plans best fair ever

Fair director Kenny Chance, left, gets up close and personal with a musical entertainer while choosing what acts to bring to Quincy for the resurrection of musical entertainment on the Grandstand stage during the 2017 Art to Ag fair. Photo by John Steffanic

The Plumas Sierra County Fair Board met March 22 to discuss the direction of the 2017 “Art to Ag” themed fair.

As is usual, Fair Manager John Steffanic was overflowing with good news and bright ideas for the board regarding the upcoming fair. “We are on the brink of the greatest fair ever,” exclaimed Steffanic.

Touching on one art-related topic after another, Steffanic described the enthusiasm he has encountered regarding this year’s Art to Ag theme.

“It’s so great to come with an idea that others latch on to,” said Steffanic.

As an example, Steffanic described an invitation he extended to all Plumas and Sierra county schools to participate in a mural designed by Donna Mills. Steffanic said, “I received three responses within hours of putting it out there.”

Steffanic reported that he traveled to the Plumas and Sierra schools to provide information and inspiration to youngsters for participation with entries to the 2017 fair.

“FRC is 100 percent in,” said Steffanic describing the many ways Feather River College Art Department Director Rafael Blanco is gearing his students to contribute and participate in the “greatest fair ever.”

Steffanic had a long list of activities the theme has already inspired. There will be easels from the college for fair-goers to participate in a subject drawing and various artists will be invited to work on their own pieces in front of the public and sell their art if they wish. There will be a “camera obscura” set up, a 3-D art sculpture area and an 8-foot by 8-foot mural competition all happening during the fair.

A popular event in town has been a wine tasting combined with participants receiving artistic help creating a painting. Steffanic plans to bring a similar offering to the fair for adults, a pairing of wine and paint instruction.

Steffanic added that the college plans to hold its annual student art show at the fairgrounds, the first time, for a period of three weeks in May.

Sweetheart of the Mountains

The “sweethearts” that will compete for the Plumas-Sierra title, “Sweetheart of the Mountains” have been chosen. The three competitors hail from Portola, Quincy and Chilcoot. More information and photos of the individual girls will be coming soon.

Musical artists

  Three musical artists have been chosen to kick country life back onto the Grandstand Stage during the fair. For the first time in a long while the county fair will open up the grandstand arena for a big show. The artists chosen have just completed six months performing at Harrah’s.

A video clip from Channel 2 news about the acts that will be appearing can be viewed on the fair website at plumas-sierracountyfair.net.

The very popular Fireman’s Muster is also a go for the 2017 fair.

The Plumas Sierra County Fair officially opens at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 9, and officially closes at 10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13.

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