A request to stop most tobacco use at the Scott County Fairgrounds while the fair is held July 10 to 16 was presented to the Fair Board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 10.
Lori Croasdell, coordinator of the Coalition to Eliminate the Abuse of Substances in Scott County (CEASe), began the presentation, introducing Michelle Shelton, newly-appointed Tobacco Prevention coordinator, and Shannon Carroll, community outreach nurse at Scott Memorial Hospital.
The three women urged the board to ban any kind of tobacco use from most of the fairgrounds during the fair. Some Indiana fairs have reserved areas in parking lots or designated parking areas for people who wish to use tobacco. The ban, they said, should include new smoking devices now popular, such as vaporizers and pipes. Pipes, special lipstick tubes and even keychains have been created to allow the use of tobacco and other substances, such as marijuana and other inhalants.
“These devices can be used for tobacco or illegal substances,” said Croasdell. “The adult smoking rate in Scott County is 25%. We think families and other non-smokers would appreciate you making our fair tobacco-free, not just on Kiddy Day (which occurs on Wednesday afternoon) but throughout its run.”
At the least, the women asked that the fair board designate all buildings and eating areas smoke- and vap-free.
Board President John McNeely thanked the women for their presentation and said he wanted to wait on a vote until board members had a chance to do some research. “We'd like to contact other fairs around the area and see what they've come up with,” McNeely told them.
The smoke-free issue will be brought up again at the board's June 14 meeting.
Another topic which took some time to discuss was the lack of financial records from the 2015 fair.
Board secretary/treasurer Tonia Richey reported she had not yet received all of the records promised by former board members. Keys to the board's post office box have yet to be returned, and the fair board has never received passwords to its laptop.
After a lengthy discussion, the board agreed to let McNeely again contact the former secretary and treasurer about the missing items and records. If those individuals do not respond, an attorney will be contacted for legal action.
The final slate of events at the fairgrounds grandstand may include activities for every night.
Sunday, July 10, will have events at two sites: The 2016 Little Miss and Little Master of Scott County contest and the 2016 Miss Scott County Fair Queen Pageant will be held in McClain Hall at nearby Scottsburg High School. At the grandstand, people will enjoy a slate of races presented by staff of the Brownstown Speedway.
On Monday, July 11, the 2016 Scott County Talent Show will be the event. Youth who present their talent during the show will qualify to perform at the Indiana State Fair Talent Show.
The popular Scott County Enduro will take place on Wednesday, July 12. The enduro will have two classes this year with qualifying events kept shorter to provide more action for the audience to enjoy.
High Fly Motocross will be featured on Thursday night, July 13. Motorcycle and quad classes will be offered.
Friday night, July 14, will be the night of the annual Scott County Demolition Derby.
Saturday, July 15, will feature the Battle of the Bluegrass Tractor Pull, an event which will have five signature classes and is designed as part of a popular series composed of 47 events around the Midwest.
Battle of the Bluegrass promoters want to return this October to present finals, it was learned.
So what about Tuesday night, July 12? How about an open mike Karaoke Night? That was the suggestion, and if arrangements can be made, it's probably going to happen. No admission will be charged for those wanting to watch as people compete, it was determined.
Scottsburg FFA members will be doing trash patrol every night of the fair. The chapter will get a donation of $1,500 from the board for a good job.
President McNeely also wanted to discuss a set of aluminum grandstands being sold in Decatur, Il., for $90,000. If those could be purchased, the seats could replace at least one-third of the aging bleachers at the grandstand. McNeely noted that fair boards have spent at least $21,000 since 2005 fixing and replacing parts of the grandstand. The board considered a quote of $2,900 to sandblast the metal on the grandstand and prepare it for public use.
Additionally, board members agreed to rent a tent for $900 to shelter 4-H'ers' water and domestic fowl during the 2016 fair. Rabbits, which have multiplied in popularity, will be housed in the old shelter. The board hopes to soon have enough money to erect a new building for these 4-H animals. Several businesses have provided pledges totaling over $10,000 thus far.
Clean fill dirt is needed for the track. Repairs are needed for the roof of the fairgrounds grandstand office. The board voted to give extension homemakers $250 to buy ribbons. The board will also rent more port-a-pots. A discussion about rain insurance led to no decision about taking out a policy.
Antique tractors and farm equipment are welcomed for a week-long display at the fair. Persons interested can contact McNeely at 812-5952451 or e-mail him at
The board's next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at the former Saddle Club building at the fairgrounds. Meetings are open to the public.