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Lights out on electronic sign

Annual report detailed

Logan County Fair Board members approved their annual report and voted Wednesday to discontinue use of the electronic billboard at their final regular meeting of the year.

The electronic sign situated at the main fairgrounds entrance along south U.S. Route 68 is virtually impossible to read in the daytime, board members said, and isn’t worth the money it costs to power the sign every day.  

The 2012 annual fair report was prepared by outgoing managing secretary Bev Cotterman, and required board approval so that it could be submitted to the Ohio Fair Managers Convention next month.  

Total admissions for the week totaled $121,598.40, and were down about $8,000 compared to last year. That figure includes the sale of admission, season, exhibitor and privilege tickets.

Gates receipts topped $129,000 in 2011 and $134,000 in 2010.

Cash receipts for the fair board totaled $619,832.93, and expenses came to $649,750.77 — a net loss of $29,917.84. Expenses outpaced receipts by $21,111.52 last year and $9,397.24 in 2010.

The most expensive areas of operation, according to the report, continue to be staging the county fair and maintaining the grounds.

The fair board spent a total of $55,259 on service-related fair expenses, including $52,829 on entertainment.

Additionally, a combined $79,359.57 was spent on utility and total property expenses, including security and cleaning services.

Board president Skip Jackson said Wednesday the Logan County Sheriff’s Office would not be utilizing jail inmates to provide cleanup services at next year’s exposition. Mr. Jackson wondered aloud about the possibility of allocating daily cleanup responsibilities to the various 4-H clubs.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’d pay them,” he said.

He also pitched to board members the possibility of finding another security detail for the 2013 fair. According to the annual report, the board spent $4,000 to contract with the sheriff’s office to provide security. Mr. Jackson wondered if the board couldn’t find a cheaper service somewhere else.

Board members took action to cut expenses in another area, too. The board voted to decline a sponsorship of an Indian Lake guide, distributed annually by V-Teck Communications.

Total cost of the proposed sponsorship was $5,514.10 and included a certain number of 30-second radio advertisements. Board members agreed they couldn’t afford the $5,000-plus expense again this year.

In 2012, the fair board spent a total of $9,599.43 in advertising, $3,599.43 of which to the Examiner.

According to the annual report, the fair board has a total fund balance of $3,698.61 and a treasury balance of $13,391.27.

The next regular fair board meeting is Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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