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U.P. State Fair revenue still up

January 29, 2011
By Dionna Harris

ESCANABA - The U.P. State Fair Authority members received some good financial news Friday from Manager Vickie Micheau.

Micheau said in a financial report the fair continues to see revenues exceeding expenses. Currently, rental and winter storage fees are generating funds.

"The one area where expenses are down is...maintenance," said Micheau. "Currently, the budget report shows a balance of $91,087."

During her report, Micheau noted Sandy Groleau has made updates to the 2011 Premium Book for the U.P. State Fair. The main change to the premium book includes rules on exhibitors missing deadlines.

"The changes to the premium book outline that the U.P. State Fair will be enforcing deadline rules for all exhibitors. This has been an area of concern in the past and now it is being addressed," said Micheau.

She also noted the U.P. State Fair website and premium book received awards during a convention held in downstate Grand Rapids.

Changes are currently being made to the website. The revamped site should be up by the end of March.

In other action, the board:

Discussed the rental fee for the kitchen facility in the Ruth Butler Exhibition Building. The fee for renting the facility was set at $100, with a $250 deposit for clean-up. The lessee will also be responsible for all utility costs incurred as part of the rental agreement.

The Authority agreed to renew its current policy of entering into an exchange of services agreement with non-profit organizations. The agreement allows for non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army to utilize the fairgrounds at no cost in exchange for services.

The current red, white and blue logo being used on U.P. State Fair Authority letterhead and correspondence will be continued. Each year's premium book cover will be used for any promotions associated with the U.P. State Fair.

Discussed the cost associated with making the "Miracle of Life" exhibit more permanent with the construction of a building where the exhibit is normally centered. The building would also house the "Growing Up Foresters" exhibit, in addition to seeing a return of the "Growing Up Farmers" exhibit. A rough estimate of the cost of building materials was set at $80,000, with an additional $16,000 for concrete.

Continued discussion concerning sale of adult beverages near the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Village. Concerns were raised because the fair is considered e family-oriented. Concerns were also raised that adult beverages could become a detraction for fair attendees.

Approved allowing 2011 to be a trial year for 4-H youth to raise and sell goats during the annual livestock auction. It was noted that several residents had expressed an interest in seeing goats added to the livestock auction.

The next meeting of the board ist set for 2 p.m., March 14, in Building 5 (Red Barn) at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.



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