Fair skin, valley fair parents say they were not ‘fair’ to their kids
AUSTIN — Parents of a Valley Fair-goers who say their daughters had to wear make-up to get to the fair this year say the state fair is not fair to all fair-goers.
According to the childrens’ advocacy group Fair Skin Families, the fair held last year drew more than 20,000 people to the city and nearly 1 million attended.
Some of the Fair’s mascots, including a red-haired redhead, had facial hair, while others wore a red wig and sunglasses.
But they said the makeup was not fair and that the fair was not open to everyone.
Fair Skin Families is an advocacy group that advocates for children with facial hair and for children who wear make up.
They are asking the Fair to remove the makeup from all mascots and other items that are made of “non-biodegradable materials.”
Fair Skin Parents founder Jennifer Ritchie says the fair has become a magnet for kids who want to dress up, and not everyone is allowed to attend.
“There are so many people who can wear makeup that I think it’s really inappropriate to exclude any person who is not comfortable with their appearance,” Ritchie said.
The Fair says its mascot is an example of fair-skinned people from all over the world.
The group is not alone in questioning whether the fair should be open to anyone.
In the past, the Fair has had to make some adjustments to allow people with facial skin, such as people with fair hair, to attend the fair.
The fair said last year that it was changing the mascots to accommodate people with different skin tones.
The fair says it will consider a request for changes to its rules at its next meeting.