PASO ROBLES, Calif- The California Mid State Fair is bringing thousands of people to Paso Robles and it's helping the local economy. Banners of local wineries cover the ceilings at one area of the fair. Some might ask what would a fair in Paso Robles be without wine? "Local wines from Arroyo Grande all the way up through San Miguel and that's our feature for the Mid State Fair. It's all San Luis County wines and then we bring up a lot of food from our deli that we have in San Luis Obispo," said Tom Gonyer of the Crushed Grape.
The area will be transformed into a full wine bar. Gonyer has been at the fair for 20 years and says people remember what they taste. "We'll tell them which winery it was and then they will go out and actually ask the owner or wine maker if we know them and they say they found it at the Crushed Grape," said Gonyer.
Other local restaurants and vendors are also taking advantage of the 100's of thousands of visitors. For example, at Jimmy's Watering Hole, they get about 2-thousand customers a night. "This is our main income for the whole entire year so the attendance and concert sales and things like that really make or break our year here," said Bonnie Loftus, of Jimmy's Watering Hole.
A number of people are already packing the hotels as well. "Our hotels are just jam packed with not only concert goers but the 4H and FFA live stock families that come and spend a week with us," said Vivian Robertson, the CEO of the fair. Even downtown Paso Robles is receives part of the action. Next Thursday there will be pancake breakfast where people have to go in the stores to get a ticket. "We have a lot of our acts that travel down there. The train goes down, Tommy Harris Stage line's giving rides, so it's kind of a fair feeling but it's in the downtown area," said Robertson.
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