BROOKVILLE — When it comes time to put your Christmas tree away this year, you might want to wait a little while. One of the new exhibits to be featured at next year’s Jefferson County Fair will be decorated Christmas trees.
At the November meeting of the Jefferson County Fair Authority Toni Facchine, chairman of the general exhibits committee, reported that her committee has been meeting regularly and has “made some significant changes in times that entries will be released and in what we will accept in that building. We are going to add an area for decorated artificial Christmas trees; they will either be four-foot or five-foot trees. The theme for 2018 is Christmas in July.” Looking ahead, she said, “The theme for 2019 will be fall/Halloween spooky thing and in 2020 we want to do sports.”
Facchine said another new entry will be wood pallets in the recycled division. “They can be painted or decorated or wood pallets made into furniture. Kids can also participate in the recycled division. My goal would be lots of wood pallets to place around the buildings for people to look at when they come.”
To help cut down on the confusion on opening day of the fair, she said that exhibitors who mail in their registrations early can have the tickets mailed back to them, but they must include payment and a postage-paid envelope. “We had a lot of people that registered this year, but never sent their money in,” she said.
Other changes being planned will be announced as details are finalized.
Doug Brosius also reported on track events being planned for next year.
On Saturday, May 26 the fair authority and the Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Company will co-sponsor a monster truck day, with shows beginning at 3 and 7 p.m. The contract calls for there to be four monster trucks in the show, and the board is hopeful that higher cash prizes will draw in as many as 40 tuff trucks. A new feature this year will be an Americana monster truck to give rides on the fairgrounds.
Saturday night at the fair, July 21, will feature the popular demolition derby. The show will begin with the figure 8 competition and tuff trucks, followed by the demolition derby and more tuff trucks at 7 p.m.
The board is also working with Sam Swearingen for next year’s rodeo, which will be held Friday night. The fund-raising committee is preparing to do its annual sponsorship mailing next year, and is looking for ideas for entertainment on the community stage.
During the meeting vice president Dave Love gave a brief report on the 2017 fair. On the financial end revenue was $204,90 while expenses totaled $206,992. Love said that attendance through Friday was up about 900 over last year, but because of the all-day rain on Saturday, the final numbers showed attendance down by about 68 people for the year.
During the year the board realized $24,222 from special events, and made a debt payment of $19,818.
He also reported on some of the major projects which have been completed at the fairgrounds this year. Included on the list were the new restrooms, repair of the John Deere tractor,
In other action:
— it was reported that board members Richard Alderton and Sandra Keihl-Snyder were both in the hospital.
— it was announced that the nominating committee will make its recommendations for filling the three seats which will become vacant December 31 at the December meeting. The recommendations will then be sent to the county commissioners for appointment to the authority.
— a report was given on the fall meeting of Fair Zone I. The spring meeting will be held April 27 in DuBois.
— reports were given on efforts now underway to winterize the fairgrounds before cold weather sets in.
— routine committee reports were discussed.
— it was announced that the finance committee will meet at 6;30 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 in the Conservation Center.
The next regular meeting of the Jefferson County Fair Authority will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Conservation Center.