Sacramento Observer

State Fair Offers Best of Our State

August 5, 2015

What’s not to love about the California State Fair? Whether you come for the splash dogs, concerts, cooking demonstrations, scientific wonders, award-winning California wines or the funnel cake, the fair brings the best our state has to offer, right in our own backyard.

This year’s fair was extra sweet, as it was great to be on hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sacramento Observer exhibit which honored Dr. William Lee and the Lee family for the incredible impact they have had on our region. In the special display, the paper was recognized for its pioneering work and service to Sacramento and the place they have held on the national stage for the last 53 years.

By looking back through the years of the newspaper, fair-goers got a glimpse of our own history as a nation, a state and as a region. Much has changed since 1962 when Dr. Lee and Kathryn Lee bravely set out to create a publication that celebrates ideas, knowledge and community. However, it cannot be more clear that we have much work to do as a country and the Sacramento Observer, through its exceptional journalism, is a central part of that effort.

Displays such as the Sacramento Observer at the state fair is just one reason the fair is a true gem for our entire region and a special educational event. The state fair offers a unique opportunity to engage our kids right in the middle of their summer break. That’s why I sponsored Youth Leadership Day at the State Fair and offered free entry to 3,000 middle school and high school students.

It was a great day; I like to say that we combined fun with the future because we offered college financial aid resources and career exploration, as well as a special youth rally featuring the wonder of world-renowned performance artist David Garibaldi and a scavenger hunt for prizes. I am thankful that the Community College Foundation, California Student Aid Commission, Green 360, and the Girl Scouts came together to make this first California Youth Leadership day possible.

It was great to see so many young people soaking up the information and taking part in the educational actives before heading out to explore the fair, enjoy the rides and eat the food. It is my hope to make this the first of many California Youth Leadership days my office helps put together and I hope to expand it to make it even better next year. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas how to do that.

In fact, I hope reach out to me if you have any questions about legislation, need help solving problems with state agencies or need assistance with government forms. I want to help ensure your state government works for you, so please do not hesitate to contact my office. You can reach my office by phone at (916) 651-1529, or by email at Senator.Pan@senate.ca.gov.