60 years ago

1953 fair voted best yet!: Paid attendance at this year's county fair was one-third greater than that of last year despite the unfavorable weather, Joe Mendez, Brentwood member of the agricultural district board reported this week.

A total attendance of 40,000, despite miserable weather, a greater variety of exhbitis and general participation by county farm groups, plus a Sunday parade that surpassed all previous efforts, combined to make the 1953 county fair in Antioch an all-around success. Improved arrangements on the grounds and a well-balanced program of entertainment and activities for the four days were noteworthy.

Diablo Valley figured prominently in both exhibits and in activities. The city of Brentwood was represented with a booth, which displayed fruits and vegetables and presented an almost continuous show of colored pictures. The Future Farmer chapter of Liberty High School and the East County 4-H clubs won group and individual awards, as did farm centers and the Byron firemen contributed to the fun by taking part in a tug of war with the Antioch firemen. (Byron won.)

25 years ago

Garventas to battle for dump votes: The Garaventas are only looking at a special election as a backup measure to ensure their dump site initiative appears on some ballot, and are ready to go against the rival Marsh Creek site in November, the family's political consultant said Thursday.

The Garaventas are collecting enough signature to qualify for a special election as protection against competitor Waste management Inc. maneuvering to sideline them until June 1990, consultant Richie Ross said.

Additionally, Ross promised Waste management a "brawl" in November. "I'll put up against Marsh Creek," he said. "I'll campaign against a bribery-convicted company any day of the week."

"The issue is which site if preferable, not between companies," John Rowden, of Waste Management, said.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger