Rethinkng the California State Fair
SacTV.com "Video of the Day" review by
Alex Cosper on July 21, 2012
Revising and upgrading the California State Fair will likely be difficult since if that were the agenda there
would already be steps in that direction. While it's a longshot, I thought I would go ahead and make this video
to examine the possibilities of a modern modern and forward-thinking state fair, instead of an old world-based
ideology that still hangs on to the concept that we're all farmers from the old west. California is now one of the last
"dirty dozen" states in the nation to have state fairs featuring live births of livestock, according to a Sacramento Bee story from July 13, 2011.
This practice is met with growing complaints from animal rights activists. Sadly, in 2010, a pregnant cow was shot and killed at the police, as reported by News 10.
This video examines my original artistic state fair map and what changes I would make to modernize the fair. While I still might
show videos of livestock, the expense of livestock is $1.5 million, which seems pretty heavy. Since more California state fair
visitors are not cattle ranchers, I would make the fair more high tech on one hand, and more scene on the other, showcasing
the beauty of the American River. I don't expect these ideas to change Cal Expo, although I think it's pretty clear the state fair
needs lots of revision.
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