We just completed this year's California State Fair in Sacramento by celebrating the 150th anniversary of our State Fair. It was a big success inspite of a nearby brush fire and the tradition of rioting during the State Fair Cultural Days. State Fair organizers have decided to eliminate celebration of our state's cultural diversity via the Cultural Days
in future Fairs.
One of the local channels did a historal look back on our State Fair. I'm a little disappointed that it has evolved into yet another advertising venue for brand names. Here's a synopsis of the History of California's State Fair
. The timeline and added features and ammenitites is rather amusing. Here are a few highlights:
1895 Electricity came to the fairgrounds
1903 California State Fair hosted first automobile race.
1929 Pay toilets installed at the Fair.
1933 Parking fees instituted at the Fair
1954 State Fair 100th anniversary celebration unveiled a fountain that shot water 30' into the air.
Around the turn of the century, Fair organizers staged a train wreck delighting spectators as two locomotives crashed creating masses of twisted, steaming steel. This sensational demonstration was a huge hit and continued until the beginning of World War I.
For the centennial celebration, 10,000 ladies were given free orchids and a popular attraction was "Dancing Waters," a 30-foot high colored water fountain that pulsated to music.
California Exposition & State Fair (CE&SF) is an independent state agency established by law and governed primarily by the California Department of Food and Agriculture codes. Governed by an appointed Board of Directors, daily operations are managed a permanent staff of 100. During the Fair more than 2,000 temporary employees are hired for the event's eighteen-day run. The CE&SF is a self-sufficient operation receiving no government funding and yet has an estimated economic impact of more that $156.7 million on the region.
All told, it's a great entertainment value for the family. Even this lil guy enjoyed himself...