Re "Small changes can attract big crowds" (Our Region, July 10): Cal Expo General Manager Rick Pickering is concerned about having enough shaded seating for State Fair visitors. However, according to the Committee for a More Humane State Fair, he is again allowing vendors to give away live goldfish as prizes, despite a major public outcry against this cruel and outmoded practice.
Apparently, no one will be selling hermit crabs as pets this year, but this is only because no one applied for a booth.
Animal cruelty is not entertainment, nor are living things prizes to be given away to people in tiny plastic bags, which do not allow enough oxygen or food for the fish as it is hauled around all day at the fair in the blazing sun.
Mr. Pickering, let's extend hospitality to all State Fair attendees, whether they are paying guests or those forced to attend on a daily basis.
-- Helen Dadmehr, Sacramento