Now that the 4th District Court of Appeal has decided to stop the sale of the Orange County Fair & Event Center, let's hope the adults will quit fighting over the future of the fairgrounds so we can get back to what we do best: provide great educational programs for the kids.
Amid all the noise, I've thought a lot about the hundreds of thousands of Orange County kids who have visited the fairgrounds over the years. I've thought about the brand new worlds in agriculture, livestock, science and art they've experienced. And I've imagined how their experiences might have shaped their academic interests and career choices.
I've also wondered about today's kids who might have fewer chances — or perhaps none at all — to experience the fairgrounds and its programs if the property were to be sold. The truth is that the fairgrounds is much more than a 150-acre piece of land property; it's a year-round classroom, laboratory, working farm and arts center.