Silver Dollar Fair canceled for second year in a row

Even as many are getting back to business, one of the most popular fairs in Northern California just canceled again this year.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 8:40 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2021 8:52 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Even as many are getting back to business, one of the most popular fairs in Northern California just canceled again this year.

Organizers say the COVID-19 restrictions make it too difficult to put on a fair this year.

The Silver Dollar Fair usually happens in May, but CEO Nick DiGrazia said they would only be at 35% capacity even in the least restrictive yellow tier.

With the number of people needed to pull something as big as the fair off, he said there's not enough time to get it done.

"It's like we are in Groundhog Day,” DiGrazia said. “We are doing this all over again and we didn't think we were going to run into it. It's a reality now. We are going to be becoming a vaccine site so we don't want to impede on anything going on there also.”

DiGrazia also said that with the vaccine site, the grounds really have to watch how many people are coming in and out.

But, no fair doesn't mean no fun.

The Junior Livestock Auction is still on the calendar.

About 500 locals will raise and sell an animal or build an ag mechanics project in the auction this year.

DiGrazia said they will be following COVID-19 guidelines like having people constantly cleaning, enforcing mask-wearing and providing sanitation.

To say the least, DiGrazia and others are looking forward to this event.

He said, “Our main goal here is to do something for the youth and bring some kind of normalcy in their lives. So, we wanted the livestock auction and the grading show to hopefully help with that. We are excited!”

Lee Heringer, an ag worker, feels the same way.

Heringer said, "The fact that they are allowing the auction to continue is such a big deal because a lot of the kids that are selling those animals are either going to be in ag someday or if they are not going to be in ag someday, they have an appreciation for ag. They have a history there."

The auction is currently scheduled for May 29.

There is another event to look forward to this year: The Harvest Fair in October.

Organizers hope to have a carnival, live entertainment and even a haunted house.

For a list of events happening at the fairgrounds this year, click here.

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