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Fair board forms task force to address future sale

DEL MAR — The state no longer plans to sell the Del Mar Fairgrounds as a way to deal with its massive budget deficit. “But we’re not immune to being placed on a list in the future,” said Barry Nussbaum, vice president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association which governs the 340-acre site.
“I would not be surprised if it showed up on a list in the future.”
With that in mind, the board of directors voted unanimously at the Aug. 11 meeting to create a task force that will keep an eye on Sacramento, research options and provide ongoing reports and suggestions.
Nussbaum said it was essential that the board be “proactive to serve our constituents,” which include vendors, employees and the millions of people who attend the 300-plus events held annually at the site.
“We have a lot of people we report to,” Nussbaum said, adding that the task force will help the board determine “how best to maintain the property for all we serve.”
“My hope and prayer is that this is always a fairground and racetrack” and home for other events, he said.
Nussbaum and Kelly Burt, board president, were unanimously approved to serve on the task force.
“It is incumbent upon us to do our homework in advance in case this comes around again,” Burt said.