UNION — Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Union County Fair Association included a recap of this year’s fair as well as discussion of a possible move for the local farmers market.
County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair and County Council member Frank Hart met with the fair board to discuss the possibility of the local farmers market moving to the Union County Fairgrounds, and the consensus was to give the idea a try for one year.
Following the meeting, Sinclair said it was concluded that the definition of a “farmers market” included more than food. For example, the farmers market in Columbia currently has Christmas trees, wreaths, and mistletoe.
Sinclair said the next step will be to work out details with local farmers to organize a farmers association, and that association would need to talk with fair representatives about working through conflicts, which would potentially stem from multiple uses for the facility, and required improvements in infrastructure. Once the details are in place, Sinclair said he looks for the move to occur at the beginning of farm season in March.
In other business, Union County Fair Association Director Paul Winters reported there was an increase in revenue and attendance for this year’s fair compared to last year. Winters also said the carnival provider was happy that the ride gross was up this year, meaning there were more people riding rides. Total carnival revenue for this year’s fair was $41,913.
After this year’s fair, the fair association had around $91,000 in its account, and after all bills were paid, the balance came to around $54,000. Winters did mention that utility costs were 106 percent higher at the fairgrounds this year than they were last year.