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SD County Fair rides could be in danger


A ruling barred the Truthful organizers from using the company they employed to supply the Truthful’s rides and video games, ruling that the selection process was essentially rigged.

SAN DIEGO — While we haven’t enjoyed a large-scale San Diego County Fair since 2019, this year’s one could probably be scaled up for a distinct purpose.

A ruling barred the Truthful organizers from using the company they employed to supply the Truthful’s rides and video games, ruling that the selection process was essentially rigged.

“It would definitely be a disappointment,” said Ben Arrazola, father of 4-year-old boy Liam. “We hope we can go there and have a good time!

“It would be less exciting… less stuff to do,” said San Diegan’s Sarah Johnston.

“I feel like it wouldn’t be as fun and family friendly,” agreed her good friend, Naomi Duprey. “That’s what I think of when I think of the fair: rides and games, bringing your family, bringing your kids and having a really fun day.”

San Diego’s pick in this case issued an injunction blocking the Truthful District’s contract with RCS, meaning Truthful organizers now have little time to find a new company to supply those central sites.

A competing company, Talley Amusements, had accused the Truthful District of primarily tailoring the contract (qualifications) to favor RCS over other rivals.

In his decision, the judge wrote “there is at least an appearance of favoritism contrary to public order”, including that the evidence supports the inference of “favouritism”, “fraud” and “corruption”, but added that “not such definitive conclusions are made here.

For its part, the truthful organizers say they have obtained the injunction and are working to find out what it could imply for the truthful to come.

They made this claim:

“We are very concerned about some of the claims on which the court’s decision is apparently based, which have not been proven. With less than ten weeks to go until the fair begins, the 22nd DAA pledges to do everything in its power to save this beloved summertime ritual that is enjoyed by 1.5 million San Diegans and Californians.

Court officers also said they were considering all options and hoped to decide on advice on how to proceed in the coming days.

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