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A year ago we brought forward some significant ideas for the Shelby County Fair.
We feared a disconnect with the community, and we felt the expense was pushing away the public.
We think there is work to be done in both those areas, but we have to give the Fair Board a blue ribbon for its efforts this year.
That the fair recorded increased attendance and revenue was a product of some creative thinking and value-added ideas.
Board members are not shy about saying their adding a new headline act – the rodeo – for the closing nights made the difference, and we agree.
We also think that sliding the admission and ride prices for some days, more hours for exhibits and a rearranged schedule were good ideas, too.
And though we continue to encourage the board to consider a one-price concept for both admission and rides – as other counties employ – we suggest that all those shareholders and workers sit back and breathe the air of a job well done.
Like the agricultural community the fair serves, you have planted the seeds for a big future.