STOCKTON — There will be no San Joaquin County Fair next year. Previously citing a cycle of lagging attendance, sagging debt and nagging indifference, fair directors have decided to suspend operations for one year, The Record newspaper in Stockton reported Wednesday.
It is not the first time. Twice before, the fair has suspended operations. After a devastating 1902 fire in downtown Stockton, there was no fair for the next seven years. The outbreak of World War II also caused a three-year suspension, from 1942 until 1944. The fairgrounds used as a temporary internment facility for Japanese American citizens were a part of a shameful chapter in American history during that period.