Orange County Fair President and Chief Executive Steve Beazley and Fair Board member Dave Ellis on Wednesday wrote a Community Commentary, "Fairgrounds play a big role in kids' lives," to vow that the fair as we know it would continue in its present form under their leadership.
It sounded all well and good to me. But at the end of the column came this statement: "I doubt that we could hope for a similar future under private ownership."
Well, I'm not so sure.
One of my claims to fame at the Daily Pilot — as a reporter and later as the editor — is that I never missed an O.C. Fair. I tested out all the latest fried foods, rode the latest crazy ride and wrote all about the latest pig to give birth to multiple piglets. Through the years, my wife and I brought our children to the annual shindig to join in the fun. They too love the fair food, the carnival rides and even the pigs — though they prefer the Alaskan racing version. My girls even performed at the fair once as part of a dance troupe.