Greetings from the Fair President
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 84th Annual Caruthers District Fair, the state’s largest free gate fair run entirely by volunteers and community members. Together, there are several hundred combined years of service by a hardworking and dedicated board of directors and community members who believe strongly in the traditions our little fair offers. This year our theme is "Bright Lights and Blue Ribbons", a fitting tribute to the wonderful carnival and attractions our fair provides and the many ribbons and awards earned by livestock, horticulture, floriculture, and home arts exhibitors.
The Caruthers Fair has always been a chance for the residents of Caruthers and our surrounding communities to come together and renew old friendships as well as make new friends. I often refer to the fair as "old home week" which is a pretty accurate description. When you get a meal at one of the many wonderful food booths operated by various church and community volunteers, take a minute and watch the interactions of the crowds and you will know exactly what I mean.
When you come out for a visit this year, and we hope you come here more than once, you can’t help but notice a number of very positive improvements. The floriculture building was completely remodeled and dedicated to Charles Quandt, a longtime Caruthers resident and past fair board member. We repaved the area between the old commercial building and the new livestock building and put a fresh coat of paint on many of the buildings of the fair grounds. We were also able to purchase additional livestock pens for the sheep and goat exhibits.
We are and have always been entirely self-funded, meaning we receive zero money from the State of California. This is something we are particularly proud of. None of these improvements would have any chance of happening without the efforts of a hardworking group of girls and their parents who spent their summer selling fair queen raffle tickets in the hope of earning the title of the Caruthers Fair Queen. Congratulations to last year’s Queen Jennifer Yarbrough who will be crowning this year’s queen on opening night. We are excited to have seven girls running for the title of 2013 Fair Queen. They have all been busy selling raffle tickets for the grand prize of a 2014 Ford Mustang. Other great prizes are a big screen TV from Clevenger Mercantile, $1,000 in merchandise from Caruthers Auto, and a dinner for six at Harris Ranch restaurant.
The fairgrounds look great and the improvements we have been able to make will be impossible to miss. Johnston Amusements with their excellent safety record will be back putting on a great carnival. As always the food and desserts will be a main focus of the fair, so don’t plan on eating at home if you don’t have to! Come out to our free gate fair and watch some great entertainment. Stroll through our beautiful livestock facilities and watch the 4H and FFA members exhibit their prize livestock. Last, and most importantly, you can be sure that the fair will be a safe experience for your entire family. Check out our website at www.caruthersfair.com or call 559-864-3768 if you need additional information. We’ll see you at the fair!