The annual California State Fair is up and running and Calaveras County has once again set up an exhibit for visitors in the traditional Counties Showcase, held each year since the 1870s.
Playing off of the State Fair’s 2012 theme, “The Fun That Moves You,” the Calaveras Visitors Bureau decided to focus this year’s display on, “Whatever Floats Your Boat.”
The exhibit features a large boat aptly named, “Calaveras Dreamin’,” where potential visitors can hop aboard and try their hand at fishing in one of the area’s lakes – complete with real water (but faux fish).
Also appearing in the booth is a video that highlights the actual lakes of Calaveras and a fishing lure display created by CVB member Glory Hole Sports. The display isn’t limited to water sports though, and also shows off giant trees for Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Calaveras’ award-winning wines and other agricultural products found in Calaveras.
During the fair’s opening weekend many people stopped by the exhibit, often with children eager to try the fishing game being offered.
Diane Kriletich, the Calaveras Visitors Bureau State Fair volunteer coordinator, who was at State Fair opening night said, “The kids are having a blast fishing, and even the adults are all smiles, especially when the boat sways back and forth like they’re on a real lake.”
Initial awards were already distributed and the Calaveras County exhibit was awarded a first place gold ribbon for excellence in content, marketability, craftsmanship, creativity and use of technology.
The CVB’s annual appearance at the California State Fair takes months of preparation and more than 80 volunteers who cover several shifts daily during the two-week exhibition
Volunteers are still needed to help staff the booth. If interested, contact Diane Kriletich at 772-1604.