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Kern County Fair Board asking for help to make payroll

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 22:10:51-04

Members of the Kern County Fair Board said the Kern County Fair may only have enough funds to last until June 1. In response, board members approved a motion to send letters to the state requesting emergency funding.

During the board meeting Wednesday, Kern County Fair CEO Mike Olcott said that without help from the state or other funding, the Kern County Fair might close for good.

"During this time we really need some help," he said. "We need the funding to help us survive until the state opens back up."

According to the board, other fairs throughout the state have already begin requesting assistance for March.

“We’re not talking about closing and re-opening at a subsequent date, we are talking about closing forever,” Kern County Fair board member David Torres said.

The board also discussed requesting assistance from the community, including ways for the community to donate funds to the fair.

The board also said it has reached out to local Congressman Kevin McCarthy's Office for assistance, but has not heard back from them about any specific plans.

This is a developing story.