Editor's note: Orange County Fair Chief Executive Steve Beazley has agreed to write weekly updates on the 2011 O.C. Fair. His columns will appear Tuesdays in the Daily Pilot for the duration of the fair.
And on the fifth day, the Orange County Fair rested. Two days off before the fair resumes Wednesday allows the opportunity to reflect on a historic opening to the 2011 O.C. Fair.
It began Thursday night, when the fair presented the first "A Fair to Remember: A Celebration of Our Children. The fair hosted more than 8,200 foster children and their foster families in an evening of pure fun. The kids and families enjoyed unlimited free food, rides, games and exhibits. This community outreach evening ended with each child and family member being given a ticket to return to the fair anytime. I wish I could share with you the letters of thanks pouring in from foster parents whose children now have lifelong memories of the fair.