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Friday, July 04, 2008 

An Unsung Hero in the Time of Community Need


Earl Warren Showground Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

As the Gap Fire blazes away, taunting the efforts of the hundreds of firefighters, there is one place in town that is really going unnoticed, a little unheralded, a little unappreciated (many people in town want to bulldoze it and turn it into "highend" condos) and our community mistakenly thinks it will always be there in times of community need. 

Earl Warren Showgrounds. The firefighters have established a command center there. People being evacuated are bringing their horses and large animals there. A horse show is currently being held there. Thank you, Earl Warren Showgrounds. You've been there in our time of need...and now, perhaps, the community can return the favor in your time of need.

A Santa Barbara Landmark For 50 Years...the Showgrounds also serves as a medevac site, disaster control center and animal shelter.

...While fairground facilities throughout the state receive a very small percentage of horse racing revenues to support operations,
it is important to emphasize that Earl Warren Showgrounds is entirely self-supporting and receives no tax dollars whatsoever. 

Fifty years, however, has taken its toll. Major improvements are needed to meet current standards and attract higher revenue horse shows. 

Your Help Is Needed...
Earl Warren Showgrounds Foundation, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation is dedicated to restoring and expanding a treasured tradition that has served the Santa Barbara community for many years. We wish to thank and recognize all who have contributed in the past. 
The Showgrounds have continually been there to support the emergency needs of the Santa Barbara County community...now...it's time the community return the favor.

Call the Showgrounds. 687-0766.  Pledge a little money along with your "thanks."

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Glad to see these comments on this much needed resource. We certainly need more condos, hi-rises, or other blights. Here is a link to photos I took today that show just how valuable Earl Warren is in a time of need;
http://gallery.mac.com/centurious#100061

You make a good point, and I hope the local press picks up on it! We had to evacuate 7 horses this week... without Earl Warren, it would have been a nightmare instead of a merely stressful situation.

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