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Published on Jan 16, 2013

By Krystle Henderson/KTVL.comYREKA, Cailf. - Siskiyou County's Golden Fair is facing some tough times. Funding cuts are cutting into resources and putting the good times on the line. California fairs have lost financial support from the state, which was cut out of the general fund. For the Siskiyou Golden Fair, that means a $300,000 deficit.Last year we had a little bit of money left in our fair fund so we had a little bit of money that came in, about half of our normal allotment, CEO Cliff Munson said. This year we have none. The fair brings in millions of dollars to Siskiyou County every year. Now, it's looking to the community to stay afloat. Fair managers are taking ideas on how to make the fair self-sustaining.Just our fair here alone generates about $3.5 million in economic stimulus for Siskiyou County, so fairs are an important part and a vital community asset, Munson said. We're just hoping to make sure that those smaller fairs, including our own, become sustainable and make plans that'll allow us to do that.On Tuesday Jan. 29, there will be a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the fairgrounds for community members to voice their ideas.

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