When the Tooele County Fair returns this summer after a one-year gap, many traditional venues will remain but fair-goers will see some changes designed to save money and make the fair a better experience for all.At Monday night’s Tooele County Fair Board meeting the board started to sketch out plans for the return of the Tooele County Fair.
“We are happy to have the fair be on again,” said Tooele County Commissioner Jerry Hurst. “Let’s make it a good one.”
Fair Board Co-chairman Ron Baum announced a few changes for this year’s event.
There will be no carnival rides and the animal exhibits and livestock show will be moved inside to the indoor arena.
Vendors and displays that were previously in the indoor arena will be in the pavilion and in outdoor areas on the fairgrounds.
The outside stage will feature live entertainment, with the name and genre of the main attraction to be determined.
The outdoor arena will host a variety of events, including team penning, a horse show, and possibly team roping.
The demolition derby, sports events, 4-H exhibits, and home arts show will continue to be part of the fair this summer, according to Baum.
The fair will put on a fireworks show using fireworks left over from the Wild Horse and Heritage Show.
The 2012 fair cost $192,000 to put on, not including staff time, and brought in $141,000 in revenue. The county covered the $51,000 difference for the three-day event.
Monday night all three county commissioners reaffirmed their commitment to subsidize up to $50,000 for the 2014 county fair, with part of that money coming from transient room taxes.
“How much TRT money can be used to support the fair will have to be justified by how many people the fair draws from outside the county,” said Commissioner Shawn Milne.
The 2014 fair is scheduled for July 31, and Aug. 1, 2 at Deseret Peak Complex.
“We can use more volunteers to help us with the fair,” said Baum as the meeting ended. He extended an invitation to the public to get involved by attending the next fair board meeting, which will be on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Deseret Peak Complex.
In March 2013 the fair board voted to cancel the county fair in light of the county’s budget problems. The budget crisis led to the layoff of county parks and recreation employees that played an important role in running the fair.
Last month the fair board decided to stage a return of the event this summer with the county financial situation improved and commissioners agreeing to provide up to $50,000 to subsidize the fair.