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Santa Maria Fairpark staff looking for ways to keep fairpark open

Several events at the fairpark have been canceled this year
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Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 23:06:14-04

The Santa Maria Fairpark is seeing substantial losses due to the pandemic and officials say if things don't change, they may have to close by October.

Right now, fairpark staff is cut from about 30 personnel to six.

With the cancellation of the Santa Barbara County Fair, the fairpark finished up its virtual livestock competition and is making improvements on the grounds.

RV rental spaces remains open for those looking to store their motor homes.

Fairpark officials say they are hopeful for a fall festival or the introduction of nonprofit events to keep them running.

“It would be helpful if California, even the federal government, found some money to funnel our way just so we can keep the doors open there until we get a vaccine and people can come back out and enjoy a fun time at the fairpark,” said Kevin Merrill, Santa Maria Fairpark public relations specialist.

The fairpark is asking locals to write their state and federal legislators asking to help keep the fairpark open.

Santa Barbara County Public Health is paying for use of the fairpark space while COVID-19 testing is happening on site.