BROOKVILLE — Last minute preparations for this year’s fair were discussed by the Jefferson County Fair at its monthly meeting last week. The fair will open Sunday afternoon.

Amanda Kanouff, from Penn State Extension, explained that precautionary measures have been put in place to avoid any swine flu issues in the county. She said that all exhibitors, as well as those who will be removing the animals from the fairgrounds, have been notified of the procedures that must be followed this year, with no exceptions.

Cheryl Shenkle reported on the work being done at the fairgrounds by the Master Gardeners. “Every year we try to develop something new for this area,” she said. “We will be having a self-guided tour of the gardens this year.” Shenkle also said work is continuing on the butterfly mural.

The board also discussed other events to be held at the fairgrounds, including the Keystone National Demo Derby. The derby will be held August 3 and 4. The board went over a list of things it must do to prepare for the event, and signed a contract with promoter Bo Lockwood for the two-day derby.

A discussion was held on how new food service safety regulations will affect the fair. Several concerns regarding the fair’s liability will be forwarded to Penn State Extension food safety agent Rick Kralj for clarification. Members also discussed the possibility of members of the board taking the food safety classes required for certification.

In other action:

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  • the board will submit an application to the PA State Fair Fund for reimbursement for a portion of the grandstand cement project. Total cost of the project was $49,436.83.
  • the board will also submit an application to the Fair Fund for a capital improvement project in the amount of $27,400, seeking a matching grant for $13,700. The project will replace the roof on three buildings: the 4-H barn, $6,500; the restroom building, $4,000; and the show arena, $17,400.
  • the board approved payment of $2,630 to the Brookville Municipal Authority for loss of water through an undiscovered leak on the fairgrounds. The break apparently happened in May and wasn’t discovered until late June.
  • the queen and princess committee announced plans for a spaghetti dinner to be held September 29 at the fairgrounds. Serving will begin at 11 a.m.
  • Jim Grant reported the fund-raising committee will still receiving sponsorships. Letters were mailed in December.

It was announced the next meeting of the finance committee will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the Jefferson County Fair Authority will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, in the Conservation Center.

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