The Scott County Fair Board is seeking input on this year's theme and events in an attempt to make the fair profitable after a $28,000 loss last year.
Gabe Krahn, board member, presented the 2016-17 Fair Audit Report. As has been the trend lately, the fair lost money in 2016. Although the actual proceeds from the week of the fair were only down about $300 from 2015, the overall loss was just over $28,000. A big part of this was the improvements and repairs to the exhibit halls, an expenditure of nearly $10,000.
Those in attendance then were then asked to vote for three members of the fair board to fill terms that had expired. The three incumbent board members in those positions were re-elected for another 3-year term. They were Donny Morrow, Gabe Krahn, and Penny Woods.
The fair has been scheduled for the week of Aug. 22-26. There will be no Monday night opening of the rides, but there will still be a pageant. When it came around to trying to select a name for this year's fair, the input from the fair Facebook page was discussed with four of the 23 suggested names getting the most support.
At this point is when Jack Lay asked those in attendance "Why should Scott County have a fair?" His goal was to try and elicit a response that would possibly provide a clearer choice for a theme. After some discussion, it was decided to wait on picking a theme for 2017 until the cookout this spring.
The discussion then turned to what can be done to make the fair profitable and something residents would want to attend.
"We need to get aggressive," Lay stressed. It is his belief that if the fair continues losing money, it won't be too many years down the road before there is no fair.
Lay suggested things like having events more than one week, adding events like mule pulls, mud bogs, etc. To this goal, the fair board is asking for community input into events or additions you would like to see that would make the fair appeal to more residents. Students, they want to hear your ideas as to what might bring the teens and students back to the fair besides better rides, which are limited.
Ideas can be submitted to the fair board through their Facebook page, Scott County Fair Association. You can also submit suggestions to the Scott County News through our Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.