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September 1, 1993
For the last two weekends, the Ventura County Transportation Commission ran Metrolink commuter trains to the fair. We were overwhelmed and gratified by the public response and had to run 12-car trains. Unfortunately, the train schedule was designed for shorter trains, which caused some of the trains to run a little late. Now that we know the level of public interest, we can do a better job of planning for next year's fair. If any passengers still want to get a Metrolink button and didn't get one at the station, they may call our Dial-A-Route number, (800)
August 23, 1998
Re "Fair Official Outraged by Band," Aug. 15. How disappointing to read that Ventura County Fair general manager Michael Paluszak was outraged by the performance of the group Next. His response confirms that he is not the right man for the job. Anyone who shoulders the responsibility of booking family-oriented entertainment for our county's fair should recognize immediately that any band whose album sports a parental advisory label for explicit content cannot be trusted to put on a G-rated show.
October 25, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
It was exotic, it was huge and and it was expensive. It was Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893, a world's fair that brought together objects from all over the world in more than 65,000 exhibits. Visitors now can experience the excitement of 120 years ago in the Field Museum 's "Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair," which opens Friday.  A stroll through the galleries will reveal more than 100 artifacts and specimens from the world's fair that have rarely or never been on display in the last 120 years.
March 14, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout Thursday of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state. More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants. Some prospective candidates came from as far away as California and New Mexico hoping to nab a coveted job. The fair's organizers had expected a turnout of about 700 people, the Denver Post reported . But by some estimates, the number was more like 1,200.  The state is experiencing an economic boom as companies rush to meet growing demand.
September 6, 2009
April 8, 2010 | By Barbara Demick
If it's not the Greatest Show on Earth, then the World Expo opening next month in Shanghai is surely the biggest, in keeping with China's striving to do everything on a gargantuan scale. The fairgrounds sprawl over 1,300 acres, twice the size of the historic world fairs held in Chicago in 1893 and New York in 1964. Up to 450,000 visitors can be admitted a day, five times as many as at Disneyland in Anaheim. Not to be outdone by rival Beijing, Shanghai has spent $45 billion on an Olympic-size makeover.
August 9, 1998
Alan Eisenstock's lovely account of his dilemma at home plate ("The Day the Earth Stood Still," July 12) begs a question: How could a father, charged with the responsibility of umpiring his own son's Little League games, have failed to discuss with him beforehand the possibility of his having to choose between his son and what's fair and right? Children's sports programs are, ultimately, about the concept of fairness. Avie Hern Los Angeles
August 22, 1997
Re "County Fair Finds Itself the Butt of Controversy Over Tobacco Firm," Aug. 20: The Philip Morris spokeswoman says, "It's silly to think that anyone is going to start smoking because they attend a concert or see a sign." If Philip Morris truly believes that, then why not just give the L.A. County Fair the money and forgo the Marlboro signs and booths? What Philip Morris is doing at the county fair concerts is advertising, pure and simple--and advertising is, by nature, designed to get people to use the product.
October 5, 1986
It is distressing that the San Diego Symphony has not yet been able to solve its financial difficulties. Wasn't it only last year that we were all contributing to a call for help? Why is there another crisis? Cutting salaries of the musicians is a heartless way to overcome the problem and most unfair. We would urge the board to work toward a musicians contract that is fair, and with haste, as these people are unpaid during the crisis. ALBERT and MELBA WALLACK San Diego
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