It didn’t take long for the Lincoln County Fair to get the attention of its surrounding Newport neighborhood in July. Between the loud announcer’s voice inviting fairgoers to this event and that, especially the mud drags competition, Newport City Hall got a number of phone calls from residents who claimed the peaceful enjoyment of their homes was being interrupted by the fair.
A meeting between the Newport City Council, Chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Bill Hall, along with county Public Works Director Jim Buisman was held just prior to last night’s city council meeting to begin airing out the issue. Hall said he understood that the fair is a noisemaker but it should not be at the expense of the neighbors. He said they would look into the city’s noise ordinance to ensure they comply with it.
Plans for mud drags are likely in the works for next year’s fair along with more live entertainment and the addition of a full blown carnival, which fairgoers said they missed from this past fair. Hall told NewsLincolnCounty.com that “they’re working on solutions.”