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EOT Fair: To be or not to be

The future of the East Otter Tail County Fair is once again on the line--just as it has been every August, when the fair board sorts through its expenses and revenues.

Once again the fair experienced a loss, reported Dr. Bill Rose, fair board member, at the August 12 Chamber of Commerce "Power Hour" session.

"It never has, and never will be a profitable venture," said Rose, "and it will continue to rely on subsidies from the city and county."

"Do we want a fair in East Otter Tail?" was the question posed by Rose to the group of about 50 gathered for the morning meeting.

Public input is being sought by the East Otter Tail Fair Board, and the public is urged to attend the Aug. 18 fair board task force meeting.

Sale of some property, moving the baseball field, building new facilities, replacing or repairing old facilities--these are but a few of the options the fair board is considering.

"The livestock barns along Highway 78 are in the process of falling down," noted Rose.

The 2008 fair was July 17-20, and while attendance was down somewhat, fair officials were pleased--considering the competition from various events in the region.

Profit and loss reports from the 2008 fair have not yet been made public.