The California State Fair is our annual fair and food festival held in the state’s capitol: Sacramento. For 2022, it starts on July 15th and continues through July 31st. Our state fair has been running since 1854 and it even has its own police department to keep it safe. The fair is hosted by California Exposition, and they also provide an array of functions beyond just the fair showcasing our agriculture and technology. It also enriches the community with its history and jobs. The fair is additionally home to various popular attractions such as Raging Waters.
In 2020 and 2021, the event was predictably canceled, or dramatically scaled back, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a rough couple of years for them. As an independent state agency, they have always functioned with little assistance from the state. Even during this pandemic, they didn’t qualify for PPP loans or federal aid. Here’s hoping 2022 is a banner year for them. It would be a crying shame if we lost this time-honored California tradition and treasure.