Weather hampers fair’s bottom line

Jared Tucker

The weather is to blame, not the economy for low revenue amounts at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair, according to officials.

However, not all of the numbers were down. Livestock sales shattered economic fears of decreased sales this year, according to Joi Levacy, the secretary of the sale committee.

Levacy said the 54 sellers from age 9 to 19 who sold livestock at this year’s fair earned $162,500, an amount that doesn’t include add-ons.

Fair personnel were worried the current economic condition would impair this year’s sales, she said, but the residents of the county came through to make it a success.

“The people of Roosevelt County were wonderful this year for the youth,” Levacy said, noting the $26,300 that was given in add-ons.

Levacy said this year’s total livestock sale of $188,800 was an increase by at least $23,000, a number that is not final, she said because not all of the figures have been added in yet.

Mother Nature rained on the carnival’s parade Saturday night, according to Sun Valley Rides Owner Steve Mattfeldt.

Mattfeldt declined to give exact figures, but said his Thursday and Sunday night armband revenues were up from last year, Friday’s revenue was down slightly and Saturday’s was down a lot.

“The weather drove people off this year, not the economy. But it was the coolest fair by far, temperature-wise,” Mattfeldt said.

Gate fees were up slightly from last year, but that doesn’t mean that more people came out this year, according to Darla Reed, treasurer for the Roosevelt County Fair Board.

Friday night was the big winner in gate admission revenue at $10,735, Reed said, while Tuesday night brought the lowest with $2,910. The total collected at the gate was $38,562, which is $912 higher than 2009.

Despite the rain Wednesday and Saturday nights, Reed said the fair was a success.

“We didn’t have any reports of injuries or any major incidents. Yeah, there were a few minor things that happened, but overall I’d say it went well,” Reed said.

Three new members were elected to the fair board during fair week. Reed said Chek Rippee, Wayne McAlister and Karla Lee are the newest members of the board, and Wes Fraze and Roy Lee Criswell were re-elected to their seats.