At its annual board meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, the Trinity County Fair Board of Directors received a unique and amazing gift. Former Director Billie Miller phoned into the virtual meeting to announce that the Miller family wanted to give the fair a professionally restored 1952 John Deere tractor to sell as a fundraiser for the fair.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Trinity County Fair, which has been titled “A Century of Fun in the Trinity Sun.”
Miller was the District 2 Board of Supervisor’s appointed director for the Fair Board, according to the Fair website, and she had been volunteering since 1951, more than 69 years.
“Billie’s entire family has exhibited and/or volunteered in the past including her grandchildren, and I’m sure we will continue to see them at future fairs,” it says. “Billie’s family began the tradition of the children’s tractor races, which they donated to the fair and we will continue these races in their honor.”
Then and now
Fair CEO Carrie Bayley gave a report on past fair events, and the lack of them, in 2020 and added that 2021 will be a fluid year. Bayley said most events were dashed last year as they approached, due to COVID restrictions.
However, she said she’s thankful to the community because membership forms and donations have been coming in this year. She said the board will meet again in June to review the status of COVID-19 restrictions in order to forecast whether a fair can happen in 2021.
The tentative date for the fair is Aug. 12-15, and the fair has obligated the Midway of Fun carnival.
Bayley said the two plans are to have the fair or not, adding that having it may actually cost more money than it makes. It’s not yet certain if the fair or other Fairground events will be allowed this year, but the board continues planning until such time events are canceled.
Bayley said she’s optimistic about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and said she hopes some restrictions can start lifting by spring to allow a job fair and Easter egg hunt.
“If we’re in the yellow [tier], we should be open for our 100th anniversary,” she said.
The board chose two logos for the county fair, a smaller example to be used on letterheads and correspondence and a larger one to be used on shirts, hats and signs.
Board members also unanimously voted to dismiss director Carol Hickman, due to a lack of participation in meetings and other fair business. The board also accepted the application for another term from Director Chuck Sauer.
The board has a four-year term open. It’s a volunteer position ending in January 2025 and one must become an association member to be eligible. Those interested can mail a letter of interest to Trinity County Fair, P.O. Box 880, Hayfork, CA 96041 or drop it off at the fair office in the Fairgrounds.