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COURT RULING BACKS FAIRGROUNDS

Watsonville, CA – On Thursday, January 24, 2012, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G Connelly handed down a decision dismissing all challenges to the right of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to continue hosting rodeos.

Each point made by the plaintiffs, Citizens for Environmental Responsibility and Stop the Rodeo, citing pollution, noise, and the need to conduct a full environmental review of the rodeo was negated in the ruling. The court found no negative environmental damage or danger to the public as a result of the event. Furthermore, Judge Connelly affirmed that equestrian events such as the Stars of Justice Rodeo held last year fit within the historical uses of the Fairgrounds.

The real damage from this and other lawsuits filed by neighborhood groups is to the financial health of the Fairgrounds. “It looks like we spent about $95,000 dollars last year defending the Fairgrounds against legal challenges to our operations” said Dave Kegebein, Fairgrounds Management Team Leader. He added “We have always been an event center open and available to all segments of our community, however we also want to continue to be very good neighbors.”

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January 20, 2012

Watsonville, CA – The new all volunteer Santa Cruz County Fair Management Team is wasting no time getting to work.  The first item on the agenda during their first meeting held last Monday, January 16, 2012 was an update on current financial conditions.  The budget presented by team leader Dave Kegebein outlined a path to profitability as proper management oversight is instituted at the 105 acre event facility and Fairgrounds.

To date a dozen or so highly motivated community leaders have stepped forward to take on operational roles at the Fairgrounds on a volunteer basis.  “We have committed to a year long plan to bring this wonderful community asset back to financial health” said Kegebein.

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December 22, 2011

Watsonville, CA – The 2011 Santa Cruz County Fair was recently honored by the Western Fairs Association (WFA) for marketing excellence. WFA membership is made up of more than 800 fairs, festivals and related businesses located in the Western United States and Canada. The seven marketing efforts submitted for the Annual Achievement Awards program garnered five first and two second place awards from the industry association.

Over 400 entries were considered and the Santa Cruz County Fair was honored in the following categories:

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December 8, 2011

Watsonville, CA – New and interesting opportunities have opened up prompting Santa Cruz County Fair Manager Michael Bethke to resign his position effective Monday, December 12, 2011.

Bethke explained "I was not planning on leaving this soon, but the timing seemed right so I'm going to move on to some fascinating new career and teaching adventures starting in January." Bethke wanted to stay on long enough to complete all of the environmental reports for the Watsonville Farmer's Market, which will now be available for the Board to approve and certify after December 19, 2011. Bethke has offered his services this next year as a pro bono planning consultant, working alongside the RCH Group, the Fair’s Master Plan consultants.

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