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Newspaper: Fairs in Ohio see fewer public dollars

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — County fairs in southwest Ohio have seen a recent decline in public funding.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) that fair officials in Montgomery County got more than $64,000 to maintain the fairgrounds last year — about half the money it received in 2008.

The area's district director for the Ohio Fair Managers Association says fairs should be self-supporting. But Dan Bullen, who's also a board member for the Greene County fair, said many don't have the money or ability for upkeep of the properties.

He says pleasant summer weather has helped make ends meet. He estimated gate receipts are up nearly 30 percent this year.

The newspaper reports that the Clark County Fair gets the most public dollars compared with other county fairs in the region.


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