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Fair board makes changes to '08 parade, carnival

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some changes for the carnival and the parade are in the works for the 2008 Putnam County Fair.

Relocation of the carnival from the south side of the fairgrounds near Harris Hall and the Community Building to the spot previously occupied by the Industrial Tent is the biggest change approved by the Fair Board on Monday.

The new carnival company, Jessop Amusements, asked for the location change to have more room to safely set up their bigger rides.

"The carnival is not going to be here as long this year," board member Rick Sutherland noted, "but since they are one of the top money-makers, we still need to take in the same amount of money in a shorter time."

In the past, the carnival has run from the Friday of the fair parade through the week until the following Saturday. This new carnival, like many current groups, has a Sunday through Saturday contract.

The board also agreed that if the Industrial Tent, which includes many vendors and organizations, is moved, the configuration of the tent may require two structures, in addition to about $1,500 in electrical relocation to provide power to the tent vendors. The carnivals that used that spot did not need electrical hookups, since they provided their own generators. The new carnival company will also have its own generators.

But some board members were worried that the location change would lead to increased dangers for pedestrians at the carnival, since it would be located along the main driveway for parking.

"I'm more concerned about kids shooting out there into the traffic," Horse and Pony Superintendent My Gilley told the board. There is now a natural barrier to the road because of the Industrial Tent, she said.

And Sheep Barn Superintendent Malinda Mann asked if there would be a fence or other barrier to discourage the 4-H youth from taking their animals into the carnival area, since it would be located next to many of the animal barns.

That is something the board said could be considered.

Board president Gene Grable agreed there are some unknowns about making the move, but if it does not work out, they can move the carnival and Industrial Tent back to their previous locations for the next year.

"We won't know until we try it," he said.

The board voted unanimously to make the change.

The shortened schedule for the carnival rides also brought up the question of a date change for the fair parade, which has been on Friday evening in recent years. One of the big draws to the fairgrounds has been in the aftermath of the parade. But if the carnival will not be set up, what will there be for fair-goers to do if they go to the fairgrounds Friday night?

Suggestions were considered to move the parade back to the first Sunday of the fair, or to move it up even a week earlier to Sunday, July 13.

However, the board agreed to leave it on Friday, July 18, but change the time to a 6:30 p.m. start, arriving downtown at 7 p.m.

That time change should alleviate some of the downtown traffic concerns of past years when commuters are trying to get home through the city.

But board members were also concerned that some events should be scheduled on that Friday evening to attract the public to the fairgrounds since the carnival will not yet be set up and most exhibits will not yet be open to the public.

Some suggestions were made to conduct a "pig wrestling" contest, or move established events such as the Pretty Baby Contest or the Battle of the Barns.

The Fair Board agreed to look into hiring some entertainment for that evening as well as a draw for the public.

In other business, the board:

* Learned that several bookings are set for the Community Building, including the Master Gardeners' Lawn and Garden Show March 13-15; the county Republican Dinner on March 15, Ag Week from March 17-21; and the Extension Homemakers Annual Garage and Rummage Sale on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8. Winter storage items will be released March 28-31.

* Heard that Harris Hall renovations are moving along well as the bathrooms are insulated, the windows are replaced and a handicap accessible door has been installed.

* Learned the new Verizon cell tower has been erected on the fairgrounds property.

* Heard that updates for the Fair Book need to be submitted by March 15 so the books can be sent to the printer by April 1, with the goal of distribution by May 1.

* Agreed to consider a personalized brick fundraiser as a future project for the fairgrounds.

* Learned the deadline to enter the scramble lamb class is April 1. Those interested in the project should contact Malinda Mann.

The next regular meeting of the Fair Board is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 in the Community Building at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. The board's executive committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10.


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Move the parade back to Sunday!

-- Posted by Blue6 on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 2:48 AM

I also vote to move the parade back to Sunday. Sure beats working all day on Friday, then trying to get to the parade. Sunday is so much more relaxing--a day to go to church, eat out, then enjoy a parade!

-- Posted by interested party on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 6:53 AM

I always thought it was kind of silly to have the parade on Friday. There really isn't much at the fairgrounds other than the carnival. And most times the 4-h'ers are still trying to get themselves, their tack, and animals settled in. Disrespectful to them in that respect. Why not Saturday evening, or just move it back to Sunday...which always worked well before anyhow. After work, it's so hard to get the kids from daycare and get to the parade when I have to drive 20 minutes out of my way to just get to the babysitter.

-- Posted by smltwngal on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 7:24 AM

I agree with all 3 previous posts--move the parade back to Sunday. As a past 4-H member I really don't see how many 4-H kids can make it to the parade Friday night.

-- Posted by backhome on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 7:53 AM

Please move the parade back to Sunday!

-- Posted by foxtrotter on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 8:08 AM

Please move the parade back to Sunday, the week before would be wonderful. We haven't been able to see a parade since our kids started 4-h 17 years ago!

-- Posted by concern on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 9:47 AM

VISUALIZE TRYING TO BRING YOUR PIGS,GOATS AND SHEEP IN WHILE THE CARNIVAL IS TRYING TO SET UP, IT GIVES ME NIGHTMARES. DOES THIS MEAN THE VENDORS WILL NOT SET UP UNTIL SUNDAY EITHER? TALK ABOUT DISRESPECTING THE 4HER'S, WHAT THE ONES WHO SHOW BEFORE SUNDAY DON'T COUNT I.E. DOGS/GOATS. WE ARE A PART OF THE PUTNAM COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZED. I THOUGHT WE HAD COME A LONG WAY IN THE LAST 16 YRS WHEN MY 10YR OLD WAS TOLD BY HER 4H LEADER THAT DAIRY COWS AND GOATS DON'T BELONG AT THE FAIR. WHY? DON'T YOU DRINK MILK. GUESS NOT.

-- Posted by 4H PARENT on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 10:42 AM

move the parade BACK to Sunday. Cader to the 4-Hers. They are the kids whom decade the entire year. Make it easiest for them and their parents.

-- Posted by victory on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 2:47 PM

Sunday is the best day for the parade. YMMV.

-- Posted by localman on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 7:58 PM

I'm for Sunday parade, too!

-- Posted by not gullible on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 9:07 AM

Sunday Parade again would be great! Then everyone in my family could be there. Some folks can't get home from work in time to go to the parade on friday.Sunday would make it family time again.

-- Posted by bam on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 8:36 PM

I find it quite unbelievable that the fair board has turned the Putnam County 4-H Fair upside down to cater to an untried carnival company. I find it equally unbelievable that so many are more concerned with when the fair parade is then the impact the carnival relocate will have on the safety of our kids. This is a 4-H Fair, NOT a carnival. Oh, sorry, I forgot..... the Almighty Dollar.... which is why the fair board is catering to those carnies over the kids and common sense. It might be wise to get a fair board that has some understanding of animal behavior. I can only hope no one is injured by a runaway animal that was spooked by the now much closer flashing lights and loud sounds. If the money is so important to the fairgounds why not book the carnival for another week in the summer? I'm sure the people would flock to it and there would be no animals to scare the wits out of or young children trying to calm them. Nice going fairboard, money over kids safety, another stroke of brilliance.....

-- Posted by Thomas Paine on Sun, Mar 2, 2008, at 9:26 AM


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