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San Bernardino County Fair Hits the High Desert Story by Ashlee Dubach Reporter The San Bernardino County Fair brought enjoyment to the High Desert community once again. The smell of corn dogs and funnel cakes filled the air as people walked around the fairgrounds with permanent smiles on their faces. The annual fair contained its normal variation of events. This year’s events included performances by Heidi Newfield and Eddie Money. Two towering Ferris Wheels slowly spun couples around and kids lined up for all the different thrilling rides. Many venders filled the isles of the fair with their products, food, and beverage booths. ―I’ve been coming to this particular fair for about 17 years now,‖ said Mike Davis, pizza and funnel cake vender. ―It’s like a big party. Some of the venders know each other and we all get caught up when the fair comes to town.‖ The venders have fun but according to Davis it’s a hard life because he works six months out of the year, during fair season. Other venders have noticed a slight drop in customers over the past few years. ―I have been in the business for 12 years,‖ Ildefonso Diaz, vender, said. ―But I’ve noticed that the economy has slowed the business.‖ Diaz also expressed worry about the cost of working at the fair. ―The spot at the fair costs me $1,700 for nine days. I pay that plus you have to have insurance.‖ Despite the cost that it takes to set up a booth, the entrance fee is merely $5. A wristband that allows one person to go on all of the rides is $25. Various games are offered at prices ranging from $2 to $5 per try. A large range of stuffed animals are offered as prizes to winning customers. ―There are lots of sights to see and things to do,‖ said Breanna Stratton, fair attendee. ―We’re having fun just being here.‖

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