BROOKVILLE — “We really have a lot to be thankful for,” said David Love, vice chairman of the Jefferson County Fair Authority. “The Jefferson County Fair was once again a success,” he told the board at its monthly meeting last week.
Love said that attendance at this year’s fair was comparable to last year. Although there was some decline in revenue for various reasons, “a major portion of the revenue decrease was offset by cost reductions in budgeted expenses.” Most major expenses have already been paid, but he said until all the bills come in, bottom line results won’t be known until the end of September.
Love thanked everyone who was involved in making this year’s fair a success. “We are extremely grateful for the many volunteers, exhibitors and vendors who worked so hard to make the fair a success. We need to keep acknowledging that the fair and other activities are accomplished without any employees,” he said. “We are truly blessed to have tremendous financial support from the many corporate and individual sponsors throughout the area, The Jefferson County Great Outdoors and Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania Lottery.”
Love also thanked this year’s queens and princess, the county commissioners and sheriff, Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Company, electrician Todd Boyer and everyone who attended the fair.
Several members of the authority commented on their activities during the fair, reporting a good week.
Jim Grant reported that there were 28 food stands and 21 non-food stands outside at the fair, with 27 spaces rented in the Expo Building.
Toni Facchine said there “were over 1,800 exhibits this year, along with the 4-H exhibits. Youth exhibits were up quite a bit this year and there really was a good variety.”
She also reported on the royalty pageants, noting that Queen Leslee Weible had two gift baskets at the fair, in a raffle to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. “Each queen has to have a platform, and hers is Muscular Dystrophy.”
Facchine also touched briefly on next year’s pageant, which will have a “Back to the Future” theme. “We are looking for all former queens who can come back for the fair,” she said, adding that the committee is considering holding the royalty pageant on Saturday afternoon, with a picnic for the former queens and their families to follow.
Rich Alderton reported that this year’s horse pulls featured 25 minis teams and five teams in the heavy weight and lightweight competitions. “We are hoping to have more teams next year,” he said.
Doug Brosius, chairman of the demo derby committee, said that he had received seven calls in the past two days. “They liked what they saw and want us to keep doing it,” he said.
Neil Silvis, chairman of the building and grounds committee, reported on activities during and since the fair. “Sometimes we take them for granted, but the Orange Crew did a great job during the week,” he said. “They gathered garbage, cleaned the grandstands every day, picked up trash and hauled manure. They kept everything looking great.”
During the business meeting the board approved donating the money collected during the baby contest to the neo-natal unit at Penn Highlands DuBois. A total of $2,330.29 was collected.
Jeff McMaster discussed the fall soccer and flag football programs with the board, asking permission to again use the fields at the fairgrounds. Soccer practice will start August 22 and the first games in the six-week season will be held after Labor Day.
The flag football season will start a few weeks later.
The next meeting of the Jefferson County Fair Authority will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, also in the Conservation Center.