Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals), has co-authored legislation that would provide county fairs statewide with the funding flexibility they need to remain an annual celebration of agriculture, livestock and local communities for years to come.
Senate Bill 741 (Cannella), also known as the California Fairs Sustainability Act, combines funding sources for the 78 fairs throughout the state into the Fair & Exposition Fund. This fund will be generated from multiple sources, both public and private, and ensures that any new revenue generated will be deposited into the Fair & Exposition Fund.
SB 741 eliminates payments for fairs except for those related to personnel costs and provides the District Agricultural Associations have title and control of the personal property of the fair.
The bill has already passed the Assembly committee and will be up for a vote on the Assembly floor in the near future.
"From the Amador Winegrowers Tasting event to the Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County to the Livestock Auction at the Madera County Fair, our Assembly district is fortunate enough to have some of the best fairs in California," Bigelow said. "I have had the chance to participate in many of these fairs, and you really get a sense of how great our communities are and why they are such a wonderful place to live. Our fairs help drive the economy through increased tourism and affordable fun for all, and that is why I am honored to co-author this legislation to ensure county fairs will be held far into the future."
Assemblyman Bigelow's district encompasses 10 county fairs.
The fairs throughout the state provide 25,223 full-time jobs, $855 million in annual income generated for California workers, $2.8 billion in total annual consumer spending and $126 million in annual local and state revenues.
Office of Assemblyman Frank Bigelow
"Our Assembly district is fortunate enough to have some of the best fairs in California."
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow