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Fair board moving forward with holding junior fair

LISBON — When the county fair board voted to hold a junior fair after previously canceling the fair completely, they knew it would be an uphill battle. Despite short notice, the board continued to solidify all of the details for the junior fair at Wednesday’s meeting.

The majority of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting revolved around updates from the various committees.

From fairgrounds to trash to restrooms, the board has crossed off some of the big items of the checklist.

However, attorney Don Humphrey Jr. reminded the board that there are still a lot of decisions to be made. While harness racing is scheduled to take place Aug. 3 and 4, Humphrey suggested that they have an ambulance available as well as multiple portable toilets.

Board member Jim Morris announced that their plan was to open up one restroom and order seven regular portable toilets, one handicap toilet and five sinks for a total of $2,140. However, Morris said that they won’t have any of the portable toilets until Tuesday. The board will have to decide how to address the problem within the next month.

“I think we should have a reasonable expectation of a fair crowd,” Humphrey said. “A lot of people are itching to come to the fair and see something. This might be one of those years where we have more people come to the races than in a normal year. They can certainly socially distance in that grandstand.”

After advice from Humphrey, the board decided not to pursue the small business association loan. If they chose to pursue the loan, it would have 2.75 percent interest or 30 years of $641 per month. The terms of the agreement also limit the usage of the money according to Humphrey.

“The terms of this agreement specifically say that you have to use it for disaster-related expenditures,” Humphrey said. “So, they aren’t going to allow you to use the government to re-finance your other debt.”

Pursuing the loan would mean that they wouldn’t be able to get the $50,000 from the state for holding the junior fair. In June, the Ohio Controlling Board approved $4.7 million in funding to go toward ensuring the safe openings and operation of fairs this summer. With too many cons to pursuing the small business association loan, it was a unanimous decision to pass on it.

In other business, after another successful fair food fill-up event, the board approved to hold another one July 18-19. The board will meet again at 7 p.m. July 9.

slendak@mojonews.com

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