The Buena Vista County Fair Board is asking county supervisors for $25,000 to help fund this year's event - which is expected to include a rodeo, hypnotism show and a demo derby.
Funds are needed as the Fair Board looks to the possibility of extending the fairground's sheep barn. Fair Board Vice President Brent Meyer said they are also looking to use funds to add concrete in front of the grandstand where the race flagstand sits to help prevent erosion in the area. Meyer said last year they received $20,000 from the county to help with some general maintance of the grounds.
Meyer said they've had success this winter renting out the grandstand as well as able to rent out all but a few spots and were able to bring a good amount of funds for the fair board. He says they also plan to have some fundraisers to promote the fair but no decisions have been made yet on what the fundraisers will be.
Fairgoers will be charged a flat gate fee that will be good for all day and allow them access to not only the grounds but the grandstand shows as well. In the past fairgoers have had to purchase grandstand tickets separately. This year's grandstand shows are expected to include the BV Raceway races on Thursday night, a hypnotist on Friday, a demo derby on Saturday and rodeo on Sunday.
Members of the fair board said they are encouraged by the number of 4Hers involved in the County fair each year and says it can be a struggle for other counties. "We seem to be one of the counties that has a growing number of 4Hers - that's a plus," says Meyer.