DEF: Fair is ON

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

It’s official: barring catastrophe, the Fall Desert Empire Fair will go on, starting Thursday, Oct. 16, and running through Sunday, Oct. 19.

“Yes, as it stands right now, it’s going to happen,” said DEF Manager Mike Leming. There are ongoing repair bills but the Board of Directors set their priorities.

“The pump to the well went out,” said Leming. “That well was used for landscape water only. We have another water source, so we’re going to let that sit there until we can get it fixed. We’ll just have to cut down on the watering in the meantime. The grass may be brown by the time the fair comes around, but we will have the fair.”

At the board’s meeting April 17, the members voted to increase admission prices slightly. Kids’ ticket prices remain the same; with ages 5 to 12 getting in for $3 and younger than five free. Daily adult admission will be $7 (formerly $6), and active duty military and senior citizens $4. Parking will be $2.

On Thursday senior citizens 65 and older will get in free. Friday, all youth 12 and younger get in free. On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., bring a canned food item for the local food pantry and get in free.

The Board now has a new member, Ray Hocker. The board has had several vacancies for some time—there are still three seats available. Hocker was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

In other business, there were closed-session discussions on several matters on the agenda. No action was taken during closed session.

Story First Published: 2014-04-30