Lassen County Fair Junior Advisory Board members Erin Nickell, left, social media officer Gracie Claypool, president Mary Cizin and Christina West-Lucchesi present their past activities and future goals to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Jan. 15. Other members, vice president Ronnie Merrill, secretary Autry Satica, and historians Taylor Shannon and Destiny Withrow were not present. Photo by Makenzie Davis

Fair junior advisory board brings a youthful eye

The Lassen County Fair Junior Advisory Board is shaking things up and hoping to connect with a younger audience at the annual Lassen County Fair, now heading into its 141th year.

During the Tuesday, Jan. 15 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting, four of the eight junior fair advisory board members presented the past events and future goals for the recently re-formed board.

“I’ll tell you what, they’re on fire,” Lassen County Fair Manager Jim Wolcott said of the young team comprised of county high school students.

At the meeting four of the eight members — advisory board president Mary Cizin, social media officer Gracie Claypool and members Christina West-Lucchesi and Erin Nickell, along with advisor Holly Mueller — shared the plan with the supervisors. Other members, vice president Ronnie Merrill, secretary Autry Satica, and historians Taylor Shannon and Destiny Withrow were not present.

The Lassen County Junior Fair Advisory Board shared its goal of bringing a youth outlook to the county fair, helping to link past, present and future generations, and to help do that, the group has participated in a variety of events and are planning some improvements for the 2019 fair.

This past year, the junior advisory board helped with the Children’s Fair, helping at the ice cream booth at the Bluegrass Festival, fair events such as Art in the Barn, the Redneck Light Parade, contests and free activities, as well as family game nights and the live nativity scene.

Now, the group has plans to further increase youth involvement with the fair. Hoping to build up more of a social media presence, the Lassen County Fair Junior Advisory Board is hoping to build an Instagram page and some Snapchat filters that’ll invoke excitement for the fair year-round. The group is also working on plans to build a personalized fair grounds app detailing a schedule of events, maps, the ability to share pictures and a count down to events.

However, one the largest goals this year is to bring the Lassen County Fair’s mascot, Remarkabull, to life with a costume and media plan. The board is in the works trying to find funding for the mascot’s revamp.

The supervisors commended the young group on it’s work and encouraged them to help find replacements to continue their work.