Fair opens Friday under threat of storms

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President Bo Shropshire opens the 2014 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta

IMPERIAL – The California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta opened Friday at noon under cloudy skies to hundreds of eager fair goers.

Before the gates were opened, the Imperial Valley Expo Board of Directors were introduced with the El Centro Naval Air Facility Color Guard.

2014 IV Expo Board members are President Bo Shropshire, Directors Cherisse Alford, Linsey Dale, Jim Hamilton, Arkie Mayes, Antonio Tirado, Joe Montenegro, Richard Acosta, and Treasurer Lee Hindman.

This year’s fair will run from February 28 to March 9 featuring displays, entertainment, food and lots of fun.

The talents and hard work of the Imperial Valley’s youth will be showcased from to arts and crafts projects to animal projects.

The IV Expo has done many upgrades to the fair facility including repaving around the buildings and refurbished buildings.

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Patti McGrew at the inspiration Gallery dedication

The refurbished arts and crafts building now titled ‘Inspiration Gallery’ had a special dedication Friday at 1:00 p.m. Leader of the project Patti McGrew was honored for her hard work and the volunteers and sponsors who helped monetarily or helped with donations of display cases and time. The building was transformed inside and out.

“We want this building to represent the young people now displaying their hard work and also for the kids of the future,” said McGrew.

Calls for storms this weekend are typical for the fair which somehow always coincides with foul weather.

For entertainment, some tribute bands are the featured evening events. Tribute bands have become popular across the country and the tribute bands scheduled for this year’s fair are some of the best.