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The fair fiesta fracas…

Here’s a link to the letter sent by the Bonner County Republican Central Committee to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, about the committee’s plans to “make a statement at the Bonner County fair” by departing from the fair’s “Fiesta at the Fair” theme, and instead decorating its booth with Arizona license plates and the theme “Celebrate!” to “make it very clear that English is our primary language.” And here’s a link to my story in today’s S-R. The letter was first reported by the Sandpoint Reader weekly paper, then picked up on the Huckleberries blog, which prompted my editors to ask me to look into it. Cornel Rasor, BCRCC chairman and a Bonner commissioner, said he’s surprised the committee’s move has gotten such attention. “I think this has gotten a life of its own - it’s kinda weird,” he said.

Longtime Bonner Fair Board Chairman Tim Cary said no previous fair theme has aroused this type of protest, though on occasion, “some people say, ‘that’s silly, we can’t decorate to that’ or something like that.” He said, “Never had anybody go to such extremes as this - my God, they must have something better to do with their money and time. I guess whatever turns their crank.”

‘Fiesta’ theme for county fair riles some in Bonner GOP

The Bonner County Republican Party central committee’s quibble with the “fiesta” theme of the Bonner County Fair this year is raising eyebrows in Sandpoint, where the party’s planning to decorate its fair booth with Arizona license plates and use “celebrate” as its theme instead. “The Republicans at BCRCC want to make it very clear that English is our primary language, and call our booths ‘Celebrate!’ and display some Arizona license plates if you have some to spare,” committee Chairman Cornel Rasor, a Bonner County commissioner, wrote in a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Rasor said, “Having a fiesta theme at the fair was OK with me, I didn’t even think about it ‘til somebody brought it up. But their concerns are very real to them, so I don’t want to downplay it.” You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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