Kern County Fair Board to review and discuss fair decision next Friday

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — One week after the Kern County Fair Board voted to postpone the fair, a new meeting is scheduled to review and discuss the decision next Friday.

The meeting will begin at noon on June 4. Officials voted to cancel the annual fair at their board meeting last week, but now there could be a reversal on those plans. This comes as County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said this week that the vaccination site is not impeding on the fair continuing this fall.

“The County of Kern has absolutely nothing to do with conducting the Fair, nor is it a decision of the Board of Supervisors,” he said in a statement. “The Kern County Fair is an event conducted and under the authority of the 15th Agricultural Association of California. No official of the County of Kern has communicated to the Association that we are not allowing a Fair to be conducted this year.”

The special meeting also comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidance on what the state describes as mega events. The guidance “strongly recommends” that events with 10,000 or more people have a verification process to ensure attendees are fully vaccinated or can show proof pre-entry of a negative test result.

Notice the language does not use the word “required.”  Fair Board Chairperson Blodgie Rodriguez is keeping an open mind.

“Our staff will present us with all of the different moving components it takes to put a fair on,” she said.

However, she also wants to make clear there are challenges.

“As we made it clear last board meeting, this is a process that takes a year of planning. June 4, we’ll be three months out and had a staff of over 20. So after evaluating everything in front of us, we’ll decide as a board in which direction we’ll be moving forward.”

Alsop said if the Fair Board decides to move forward with a fair this year, the county will “accommodate by simply restructuring our ongoing testing and vaccination efforts around the event.”

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