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The carnival at night. File photo by Mari Erin Roth

Suggest the fair theme; winner earns a family pass and golden ticket

By John Steffanic

Plumas Sierra County Fair Manager

Choosing a fair theme is fun and difficult at the same time. Fair Boards have considered thousands of ideas over the past few decades, and it is never easy. The theme sets the tone for the annual event held the last weekend in July. Every entry in the Fair Parade is guided by the theme, as well as many 4H and FFA projects.

A good fair theme sets an image or feeling in a visitor’s mind. It is easy to convert into decorations throughout the fairgrounds, or can be carried through with entertainment. Ideally, it can be part of a colorful piece of artwork for advertising and posters. It should be short and to the point. It should mean something, and in a perfect world, should be unique to the Plumas Sierra County Fair.

The first theme for the Plumas Sierra County Fair appeared in 1951 and was “Lumbering Progress.” There was no apparent theme before that, and after 1951, it was hit and miss whether there was a theme or not. Early themes promoted Plumas County and all it had to offer. This is not surprising since early fair board members included the Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce like Link Peckinpah and Bob Moon. “Plumas Glory,” “Better Living in the Feather River Country” and “Progress’n Plumas Style” dominated themes in the ’50s and ’60s. After that, things became more generic; “Mountain Magic,” “The Old West at its Best” and “I Can’t Bear to Miss the Fair.” Nostalgia has always been popular and rhyming themes are used heavily throughout the fair industry.

For the 2023 Fair in Quincy, the Plumas Sierra County Fair Board has decided to let the public decide the theme. The only guidelines are that it has something to do with Plumas and Sierra counties, and keep it short. What do you win? International recognition for sure plus, a week-long family pass to the fair and one Golden Ticket for the carnival. Ideas can be submitted by mail, in person at the fair office, or by e-mail. For mail or in person, the address is 204 Fairground Road in Quincy. The e-mail address is [email protected]. Deadline for entries is April 14.

The 2023 fair will be held July 27 through July 30, and the fair theme will be…..?

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