Rim Fire concerns could impact Mariposa County Fair

August 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An emergency proclamation is in effect for Mariposa County following the massive Rim Fire. Over the Labor Day weekend many people are planning to head up to Mariposa to enjoy the annual fair.

For many of us summer memories are often made at a local fair, and for 75 years about 30,000 families have come to the Mariposa Fairgrounds, during the Labor Day weekend.

"Just the rides, hanging out with friends, throwing up (laughs)," Tyler Hibpshman from Mariposa said.

"You still get that feeling of the importance of agriculture and the importance of community when you come here," Laurie Jiannimi from San Andreas said.

Jiannimi and her friends drove for two hours from San Andreas to take in the beautiful and clear day in Mariposa.

"Where we're at it's been very smoky so coming up it's been very nice," Jiannimi said.

Organizers are especially happy so many are showing up despite the Rim Fire.

"There were rumors going around that the fair was closed which is not true," Brian Bullis, from Mariposa Fair and Homecoming said.

Several vendors who worried about a low turnout considered pulling out.

"They're a bit concerned because people are more worried about their houses than coming to the fair," William Henderson with Lucky 7 said.

In the end everyone came and now some events are already packed.

"The derby sold out which was a record for us. Usually it always sells out but it's on opening day, this time it sold out two days prior," Bullis said.

As an extra incentive to get more people to come to the fair this year, organizers are giving anyone who buys a ticket Friday, a free ticket to the big Fresno Fair.


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