Mid-Winter Fair sneak-peek

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – One of the main attractions this year is a giant Ferris wheel that stands 120-feet tall, so if you’ve never been one, this is the year to hop on at the 107th Annual California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta.

“We have a combination of the elements people love to have, the animals, the food, the rides, the exhibits, but they all have an interesting new twist.” said Theresa Garcia, who is the fair CEO.

Fair board members say they have made sure to bring plenty of new attractions in all shapes and sizes. For those of you who say the fair can get messy; the ground has been repaved and is ready to be broken in.

“We have a beautiful new surface, obviously it makes it a cleaner deal so we don’t have the dust to work with,” said Board Member Bo Shropshire. “We are really proud of this thing and it’s taken us a long time to get this done and literally we got it done about 20-days ago.”

Organizers say they hope to see everyone in the county out at the fair this year and proudly announce that tickets cost the same as 20-years ago.

“We have not changed our gate prices since 1997. It’s $8 to get in as an adult and right now until Thursday it’s a $6 deal.” said Shropshire.

The fair will have its doors open starting this Friday until March 8th.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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