Posted: Jul 25, 2013 9:43 PM by jeanette Trompeter
A lot of fairs have struggled financially in the last few years. Two years ago, the state cut funding to them across the board.
Even still, the Mid-State Fair has been able to continue to grow, thanks in large part, to a non-profit that was formed about 15 ago.
The Heritage Foundation is a non-profit formed by locals that aims to support the agricultural component of the fair, and help with improvements to the fairgrounds.
Through donations, memberships, and volunteers running some of the adult beverage booths at the summer event, the foundation has been able to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the fair and the Paso Robles Events Center.
It's created a revenue stream totally independent of the state. "We can really support and continue to help this fair grow and help them with they things they need to grow with, so the organization is more important now then it ever was before." says Brenda Fletcher, Chair of the Board for the Heritage Foundation.
Most Recently, the Heritage Foundation is responsible for improvements to the grandstand, livestock sales pavilion, Mission Square, the front entrance and the membership building connected to the grandstands. Memberships are for sale and members do get perks like reserve parking, concert tickets and access to the private bar and restrooms in the Heritage Building. For more information, click here.
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