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Del Mar Fair asks Orange County Fair for bail-out

For as long as I've lived in the county, and that's a long time, that agricultural district and its operations have been very strange. There's virtually nothing about it that is "transparent", and there are suspicions that various pols have used it as a source of funding along with a way to influence other governmental agencies. One thing it does appear to do is employ some local residents, pay them well, and provide good benefits. In that way, it is doing good things. In fact, years ago there were some of the seasonal employees there who earned enough in a few weeks of work to carry them through the year, nice work if you could get it indeed. But the purpose of having the fair was originally to showcase local agriculture at a time when that was a major industry locally. Add in some rides and amusements and you had a formula for entertainment of a relatively unsophisticated rural population. In more recent years the fair has turned into a carny operation with many out-of-town peddlers selling anything and everything, and then leaving town with the proceeds. As to the financial management of the district, and its need for an emergency bail-out, it is outrageous, and ought to be investigated for criminal conduct. If there were a real audit and a real investigation, I'd expect some very embarrassing revelations. Past governors have appointed members to the board who were shady and strange, and we all might wonder why.
— June 19, 2020 8:06 a.m.

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