Fresno Fair Preps for Opening Day

September 28, 2009 9:46:32 PM PDT
On October 7th, empty parking lots will transform into a sea of families, carnival rides and vendors.Dane Baldwin has been selling his homemade cinnamon rolls at the Big Fresno Fair for years. According to him, they're one of the fair's biggest attractions.

While Baldwin preps for opening day, fair organizers are busy doing the same. Among other things, this year will include a resurfaced horse racing track, a new landscaped seating area and more discount days than in years past.

One of the most anticipated additions this year is this water tree. It's part of a two year project that will educate people about the importance of water and solar energy in the Central Valley.

Stacy Rianda said, "We felt that it was very important to teach the public about how important water is to this area and just what exactly what is happening to the Delta Smelt and the lack of water and how it is affecting the people on the West Side."

Fair officials admit the economic downturn has them wondering how attendance rates will pan out this year. But they're hoping for the best come October 7th.

"And hopefully while we're educating people are having fun and celebrating everything Fresno County has to offer," said Rianda.

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