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'Forever Our Fair' to help Shasta District Fair

Published On: Nov 14 2013 08:16:54 PM CST
ANDERSON, Calif. -

The Shasta District Fair has been a part of the community for many years, but ever since state budget cuts they have been struggling with funds.

This year they are holding their very first "Forever Our Fair" benefit which includes dinner, dance  and an all you can eat rib feed.

The first fair was held in 1887, which is why the Shasta District Fair is trying to make sure it never goes away.

"It’s been hard because we've had to cut back on staff," said Shasta District Fair CEO, Chris Workman.

Those cut backs also included getting rid of staff, going from six full time employees to now four. Part time employees were cut from six to two. Workman said those changes have helped, but they still have not been enough.

Governor Brown cut Shasta District Fair funding in 2011, that was $ 240,000 in cuts, which amounts to more than 25 percent of the fair's annual budget.

"In order to sustain we rent our building out now, you know the home and garden show, the RV show," said Workman. "I’ve gone to the fair all my life, I absolutely loved coming here as a child."

The “Forever Our Fair” benefit will take place Saturday November 23. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Individual tickets to the event cost $25. Reserved table tickets are also availbale and cost $350 per table, which includes dinner for ten people, one bottle of wine and two raffle tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the fair office or by calling (530) 378-6789.

The Shasta District Fair is also seeking monetary donation from the public to purchase items for the fundraising event. All donations made to the non-profit  organization Friends of the Shasta District Fair are tax deductible.