Madera County Fair Success Despite Governors Budget Punch Print
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Monday, 21 May 2012 02:06

CHOWCHILLA - Last year Governor Jerry Brown bloodied the noses of the local fairs around the State of California by yanking their state funding. Despite the fact that this funding allowed local fairs to generate more than $150 million dollars in tax revenue, the governor thought the state fairs could do without $32 million in subsides and seed money.

I guess the Madera County Fair showed the governor they can survive just fine without him. The 2012 edition of the Madera County Fair shut its gates Sunday night to record numbers for its four day run. Last year the fair was open five days.

Crowds from around the valley were entertained by tribute bands from acts like the Beatles, Alabama and the Doobie Brothers. The closer you got to the main stage you would swear you were watching the real bands.

This year the Midway of Fun and Brass Ring Amusements took over the carnival area and provided a clean, safe environment for families to enjoy the fair. Ride prices were down this year and the selection was great. Fair manager John Scurfield said he was pleased with the professionalism of the carnival operators from their background checks to their clean uniforms.

Sunday night wrestling came back to Chowchilla and so did it's fans. The main stage area (old Clark Building foundation) was turned into Madison Square Garden with the squared circle in the middle of hundreds of fans of the sport.

Whether you belief its real or fake, it was real when two of the wrestlers were injured during a match and blood rushed from the smashed nose of one, while the other was helped off the mat with a real concussion. You know its real when the promoter's photographer drops his camera to help the athletes.

If you missed this years fair, you missed a great value in entertainment. John and his staff deserve a round of thanks from this county for saving the tradition of the Madera County Fair from the chopping blocks of state budget cuts.

Thank you.