County Fair Board seeks funding boost

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March 20, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The Allen County Fair Association is asking commissioners to fund a $9,000 increase in the group’s annual operating budget. 

The county currently provides the fair association $11,000 per year. If the commission bumps that figure up to $20,000, explained Terryl Mueller, who spoke on behalf of the fair association, it would not only improve the average fair-goer’s experience — there’s talk of new picnic tables, a better food court, new parking, signage, and a cornhole tournament — it would also help ensure the longevity of an institution, which, each year, faces a fair amount of financial anxiety in its mission to pull off a successful event.

While the group will continue to trim its budget and seek out new sponsorships, said Mueller, the fair association is sitting on very little in the way of reserves. Additional help from the county could help build up the year-to-year reserves and ease the burden of fair planners who, currently, remain hostage to the unpredictability of ticket sales when it comes to funding the bulk of each year’s expenses.

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