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I consistently hear just how pitiful our so-called “state fair” is. My in-laws went there a couple of years ago and said it was just horrible. I remember going up there in the mid-90’s and it was bad then. In fact several delegations from cities and counties around the state didn’t even bother to staff their venues and booths (OC included).
My advise: Don’t go! There is no point to it. Just like everything else in this state, private enterprise does it much better than our state idiots can!
Nice article, even though I always hated the letters. They seemed tacky and in-your-face, and they introduced guests to . . . Sunshine Plaza, one of the cheapest areas ever to be built for the entrance to a Disney park, it reminded me so much like a mall, only not as well built as some of the public malls around the country.
How much did each letter cost? I'm guessing about a thousand dollars of cement, some plastic tacked on the front, labor . . . maybe $4,000 per letter? It's not like the letters twirled or had fiber optics in them, they were just there, like a cheap road side attraction. If the photos are correct, the letters were nothing but poured cement in the back. They were a nuisance as you had to walk around them.
I gotta laugh when I read this:
How exactly were the letters popular? For a photo shoot? I can't believe Kalogridis talked about a "legacy" for these relatively cheap letters. The current entrance to DCA is much improved, more magical, and not as cheap and tacky, I'm glad the letters were junked. Fitting that they go to a third-rate county fair.