Quincy–Choosing a fair theme is fun and difficult at the same time. Fair Boards have considered thousands of ideas over the past few decades, and it is never easy. The theme sets the tone for the annual event held the second Wednesday of August. Every entry in the Fair Parade is guided by the theme, as well as almost all 4H and FFA projects. There have been many ideas that sounded great in a meeting, but was very difficult to portray during the fair.
A good fair theme sets an image or feeling in a visitors mind. It is easy to convert into decorations throughout the fairgrounds, or can be carried through with entertainment. Ideally, it can be part of a colorful piece of artwork for advertisments and posters. It should be short and to the point. It should mean something, and in a perfect world, should be unique to the Plumas Sierra County Fair.
The first theme for the Plumas Sierra County Fair appeared in 1951 and was “Lumbering Progress”. There was no apparent theme before that, and after 1951, it was hit and miss whether there was a theme or not. Early themes promoted Plumas County and all it had to offer. This is not surprising since early fair board members included the Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce like Link Peckinpah and Bob Moon. “Plumas Glory”, “Better Living in the Feather River Country” and “Progress’n Plumas Style” dominated themes in the 50’s and 60’s. After that, things became more generic; “Mountain Magic”, “The Old West at it’s Best” and “I Can’t Bear to Miss the Fair”. Nostalgia has always been popular and rhyming themes are used heavily throughout the fair industry.
For the 2013 Fair in Quincy, the Plumas-Sierra County Fairboard has decided to let the public decide the theme. The only guidelines are it is nice to it have something to do with Plumas and Sierra Counties, and keep it short. What do you win? First, you get your picture in the exhibit guide and the fair program. Second, you will receive a tee shirt that says; “I Came Up With This Year’s Fair Theme”. Finally, the winner will get a week long family pass to the fair and one unlimited carnival ride bracelet. Ideas can be submitted by mail, in person at the fair office, or by e-mail. For mail or in person, the address is 204 Fairground Road in Quincy. The e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to our website and submit your idea there. Be sure to include your name and contact information.
The 2013 fair dates are August 14-18. Deadline for the contest is Monday, December 17, 2012. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. that day.