Although the Ottawa County Fair has been hit hard financially the past two years – which organizers blame largely on poor weather – there will be a 2012 fair.
The 48th Ottawa County Fair will be July 16-24.
Members of the Senior Fair Board have issued a statement to address “many rumors and stories floating around” involving the fair.
“To clarify and inform the public of the actual state of the fair, the Ottawa County Fair is currently facing financial difficulties which are due to several contributing factors,” the statement says. “The fair has suffered tremendous loss the last 2 years due to severe weather. The severe weather incurred during last year’s fair, including damaging winds, rain and excessive heat. The fair’s gate and events took a 60 percent decrease in revenue from previous years.”
|Events such as harness racing is schedules for the Ottawa County Fair. (Press
file photo by Ken Grosjean)
The fair’s financial condition has also been exacerbated by the need for needed capital improvements that have been paid for with cash funds.
“The board of directors has been vigorously working to resolve the financial issues by developing ways to increase revenue and decrease unneeded expenditures,” the statement says.
It thanks a local bank and member of the community for enabling the board to prepare for the fair.
Entertainment has been scheduled and passes are available.
The cost for a fair pass is: Adults 18 and older - $25; Youth 9 to 17-years-old - $20. The daily gate fee is $7 for those 9 years old and older.
Grand stand events are:
• July 16 – Harness horse racing. Free.
• July 17 – Wagon Wheel Rodeo. $10 for anyone 9 and older; $5 for anyone 8 and younger.
• July 18 – Cheerleading contest. Free.
• July 19 – Demolition Derby and Arrival, a Journey Tribute Band, $5.
• July 20 – Truck and semi pull. $5.
• July 21 – Class A tractor pull. $10 for anyone 9 and older; $5 for anyone 8 and younger.
• July 22 – Ohio Idol. $5.
An event pass is $25.
Representatives of the fair board met recently with the Ottawa County commissioners to discuss the fair’s financial condition.
The commissioners turned down a request that would have pledged the fairgrounds on State Route 163 as collateral for a new $120,000 bank note for the county agricultural society, which conducts the fair.
The commissioners said state law limits how fairgrounds can be used for loan collateral.
However, the commissioners have offered to forgive the balance of a $100,000 loan to the ag society in 2000 for the construction of a building to house offices for the senior and junior fair boards if the senior board implements stronger fiscal management and oversight practices.
The balance is about $42,400.