This year's Butte County Fair, said to be the best in many, many years by several, was different in numerous ways, all of them positive. One big advantage was the amount of volunteers who helped to make a big difference whether it was in the displays, the grounds or the buildings.
When Fair CEO Sean Earley asked for volunteer help following the State taking away $240,000 in funding, the community, as always, came through starting last April when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members came out in droves to plant colorful flowers throughout the grounds which looked beautiful for the fair adding tons of brilliant color. Gridley Rotarians and Gridley Lions Club members also volunteered their time with Recology in painting the exterior of Farmer's Hall last April.
It takes many volunteers to create an impact such as the many who work all day at the Junior Livestock Auction so that local students can sell their animals whether they are members of area FFA groups, 4-H groups or independents.
This year's Flower Bowl display was done entirely by volunteers with no paid staff and most of the Feather Room work in displaying the many exhibits was done by volunteers along with the Agriculture/Horticulture exhibit in Farmers Hall.
New this year was the addition of the MMA Fights Friday night bringing a huge attendance to the grandstands. It was a rowdy, raucous night with plenty of kicks abd punches.
One comment heard from several people was the fact that this was a fair that had "a county fair feeling," giving a feel of typical county fairs with plenty of great food, entertainment, racing pigs and a livestock auction. There was even a clown named "Flo" with flaming pink hair piled high riding her new pink car throughout the grounds with spirited greetings for all. To read the rest of this story, and see more photos, pick up an 8/29/12 edition of The Gridley Herald.