Fair animals finally find home
After a week of strife and heated insults, the chickens will come home to roost. Ending a week of nervous uncertainty, the Valley Fair announced today that it will hold a separate animal show at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. After turning away exhibitors from its Saugus Speedway for cost reasons, then offering a Pierce College alternative that hadn’t been squared with Pierce College, the fair will now return its livestock to the same location it shunned earlier this year. “It’s going to happen and it’ll be a nice venue,” Fair Board President David Honda said. “The community came to the rescue of the livestock committee.” He said the board plans to meet with the center’s owner, Eddie Milligan, Wednesday to look over the site. Honda thanked Milligan for stepping up to help and said it would allow the exhibitors to show and auction their animals for the two-day event beginning June 9. “I’m trying to do everything I can,” Honda said. “I’m trying to work with everyone on this.” Meanwhile, seeking to end future dust-ups, Los Angeles City Councilmen Tony Cárdenas and Richard Alarcón introduced a resolution Tuesday that would call for the creation of an entirely new local agricultural district. If the resolution becomes law, the city will lobby the state to create a 55th District Agricultural Association, enabling the Valley Fair to stay in its Saugus location and a new entity to set up shop in the San Fernando Valley. “The positive thing,” Alarcón said, “would be for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley to each have their own.” In addition, the city would lobby the state to audit the fair board’s performance based on complaints from exhibitors and local residents. Cárdenas, who sparred with the board in March over its attempts to relocate to Woodley Park in Encino, continued his attack on the event’s management. “I’m glad to hear that the animals will be back in the San Fernando Valley, but I’m perplexed that they’d separate them from the fair,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense. That’s like having a car race, putting all the people in a stadium and then the cars are down the block.” Livestock volunteers, who’ve been trying to pull together a contingency plan for several weeks, said the Hansen Dam site would be an acceptable compromise. While reluctant to exhibit separately from the main fair, livestock committee members said they’d still be able to spread the word about the new venue. “The kids won’t get left hanging now,” said Ken Keeble, a volunteer and member of the Reseda Grange. “It won’t be a big thing, it won’t be the same, but at least we can let buyers know where it’s going to be.” [email protected] (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!