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The Big Fresno Fair Is Bringing A New Drive-Thru Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show to Fresno Fairgrounds for Community to Enjoy

Will Feature Christmas Music, Food and a Winter Wonderland of 450 light displays

Posted: November 23, 2020

FRESNO, CA-The Fresno Fairgrounds is transforming into a magical Winter Wonderland this holiday season for the first-ever Big Fresno Fair’s Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show! Attendees will drive through the Fairgrounds and enjoy more than 450 holiday lights displays as they listen to Christmas music, sip on hot cocoa and more. The Fair has partnered with Lightasmic, to bring this holiday light show to the Fresno Fairgrounds Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, January 3; closed Christmas Day. Daily hours are 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; gates open at 4:00 p.m.


“We are extremely excited to bring this holiday event to the Fairgrounds for the community to enjoy,” said Lauri King, Deputy Manager II, The Big Fresno Fair. “With COVID-19 impacting this year’s Hmong New Year Celebration, we shifted to bring this holiday drive-thru to spread some much needed holiday cheer in the safest way possible. These light displays are incredible and will truly transport attendees to a magical winter wonderland. We hope our community is as excited as we are to come out and enjoy it!”


Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.FresnoFair.com/HolidayLights or at the Fair’s Box Office located at 1121 S. Chance Ave. Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 per vehicle Monday – Thursday and $25 Friday – Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but the cost increases by $5 so be sure to get yours in advance.


There will be a special treat for attendees Friday – Sunday, as Santa will be out there waving to guests as they drive through. At the Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show, there will be an area to drive up and purchase tasty treats, hot cocoa and more before starting your drive-thru holiday adventure. For a complete list of treats, including menu pricing, go to www.FresnoFair.com/HolidayLights.


Want to save on tickets? Then head to any Central California Blood Center or mobile drive from November 30 through January 1, and you’ll get a $5 off voucher good for a Holiday Fantasy of Lights Show ticket for Monday - Thursday. Not only can you save money, but you can save up to three lives with your donation and the Central California Blood Center is in dire need of blood this holiday season! To find out where to donate, go to www.donateblood.org.


The Central California Blood Center provides blood and services to patients who receive care at 30 hospitals and their network of facilities in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties. 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood must be collected per month to meet the needs of patients in our Central Valley community. Stay connected with the Central California Blood Center on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Donating blood is safe and essential. The Central California Blood Center is taking all the precautions required to guarantee the safety of blood donors and staff.

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After months of uproar, harsh criticisms and biting commentary from advocates representing various industries, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 into law on Sept. 4. The legislation is an AB 5 amendment bill, and it will go into effect immediately.

AB 2257 builds on the controversial worker misclassification law by clarifying which industries will be exempted from AB 5’s restrictions.


AB 5, which took effect in January of this year, reclassified millions of independent contractors in California to W-2 employees based on what the state calls “the ABC test” to comply with a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling called the Dynamex decision.

Exempted industries will now instead be classified by legal criteria called the Borello standard, which previously allowed more workers to operate as independent contractors in the state.


Professions added to AB 2257 exemptions include freelance writers, photographers, translators, visual artists, musicians, film support crews, real estate appraisers and insurance underwriters, among others. The bill also clarifies language regarding sole proprietors and adds new language regarding referral agencies.


Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of both AB 2257 and AB 5, said, “AB 2257 represents a comprehensive framework for employment law that makes a clear distinction between employer-employee relationships and professionals that run their own independent businesses.”


Gonzalez said the amendment bill was based on “long standing precedent” developed in case law over the past 30 years.”


“The legislation was a product of robust dialogue over the last year with workers and businesses from every part of the state and reflects the main principles found in the Dynamex decision,” she added.


Independent contractors and freelancers have been pushing back against AB 5 since it was first announced in 2019, prompting fear of job losses that were later exacerbated by the pandemic. Throughout the 2020 legislative year, Gonzalez had meetings with various industries regarding the bill’s exemptions.


AB 2257 also ensures that workers who are subject to “undue control and direction from their employer” or could not satisfy the previous Borello standard are covered by the ABC test, according to Gonzalez’s statement.


Those workers who have been reclassified are now entitled to benefits, including worker’s compensation, overtime pay, paid time off, and more.



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