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April 24, 2014

Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors has welcomed their newest member, Eric Hammer of Brookdale. Hammer is the owner and CEO of Hammer Construction, with offices in Boulder Creek, and has been active in a large number of community groups serving the San Lorenzo Valley.

Hammer is a member of the Community Bridges Board of Directors and of the Redwood Mountain Faire Steering Committee. He is vice president of the Boulder Creek Business Association, where he served as president from 2010 to 2013, and a state delegate for the Santa Cruz Democratic Central Committee. Hammer was chair of Community Bridges’ Mountain Community Resources from 2009 to 2011 and of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District Board of Directors in 2005 and 2008.

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February 3, 2014

Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors has unveiled the 2014 Fair poster artwork.

Santa Cruz County Fair Board Vice President Don Dietrich congratulates Watsonville artist Rachel Nigh during the April Board of Directors meeting. Nigh is shown here presenting Dietrich a copy of her award winning artwork and accepting a check as winner of the 2014 Poster Art Contest.

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April 6, 2014

Watsonville, CA – Within the past few days a Sacramento Appellate Court upheld a lower court ruling which, in 2012, had dismissed all challenges to the right of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to continue hosting rodeos.

At the time each point made by the plaintiffs, Citizens for Environmental Responsibility, citing pollution, noise, and the need to conduct a full environmental review of the rodeo, was negated in the earlier ruling.  The trial court had found no negative environmental damage or danger to the public as a result of a rodeo held in the fall of 2011.  The Appellate Court has now also affirmed that equestrian events such as the Stars of Justice Rodeo held that year fit within the historical uses of the Fairgrounds.

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February 25, 2014

Watsonville, CA – The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and their neighbors - represented by CAFA, the Community Alliance for Fairgrounds Accountability, have a reason to smile with the announcement that an agreement which reduces noise impacts generated by Ocean Speedway has been reached.

Fairgrounds manager David Kegebein explained “Over the last few years we have spent more than one year’s speedway rental income on legal fees.  We need to have and support a broad range of recreational and educational activities on the grounds however we can’t let one activity drive the Fairgrounds into financial ruin.  This agreement is welcome news for us all.”

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