After a Christmas carry-in dinner was enjoyed by everyone on December 8, members of the Scott County Fair Association got down to business.
Good news was announced by board president John McNeely. He said the Scott County Visitors Commission provided $7,000 as support for activities held during the 2015 fair. McNeely and Todd Richey had attended the December 1 meeting of the Visitors Commission, with Richey presenting the case for full financial support for the 2015 fair.
“We really appreciate the Visitors Commission's support. Once we get all of our financial records in order, we'll start selecting projects to get done before the 2016 fair,” McNeely stated.
Treasurer Tonia Richey presented what figures she had to the board that evening. It was no surprise to members that the demolition derby was the biggest grandstand event, bringing in $20,889. The stock car race was second on the list, providing $8,806. The Scott County Fair Queen Pageant was third at $3,085, the enduro race fourth with $1,864 and the new Music Fest was last, bringing in $680. Net profit per event was $982.20 after expenses, Richey related.
The 2015 fair had a grandstand profit of $11,862.96.
With board member Roy Binkley handling boat and RV storage rentals this fall, the Fair Association brought in $12,400, she reported. That was a 33% increase over 2014 rentals.
Tonia Richey said bills will be mailed in January for those who have rented sign space at the fairgrounds in the past.
Randy Oakes visited the Fair Association to provide some information on the 2016 demolition derby. Megan Voyles, Scott County Extension Educator, requested improvements to the 4-H livestock areas and submitted a list of 4-H events for 2016.
The selection of David Church to serve as the Fair Board member representing the Visitors Commission was approved by the board.
Turning back to grandstand events for 2016, Todd Richey reported he had been contacting several promoters for the stock car and possibly mini and big car events. He said he hoped to have a proposal for each event at the Fair Board's meeting on January 12.
The board has continued its improvements at the old Saddle Club building. Several pieces of old kitchen equipment have been removed. The local 4-H organization will provide new tables and chairs, it was learned.
Six applications were submitted for the vacant caretaker position. Interviews were scheduled December 29.
McNeely, Todd Richey, Binkley and Jeff Broady will be attending the Indiana State Fair and Festival Convention in early January in Indianapolis. “We're hoping to meet a lot of promoters and see what venues we can find to fill up all nights at the grandstand in 2016,” stated McNeely.
Fair Association memberships are available to any interested person, it was noted. The association's website is www.scottcountyfairgrounds.com, and contact information is available there.
The next meeting of the Fair Board will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, at the Saddle Club building.