Lincoln County Fair Organization bails out – County seeing if “The Fair” can be preserved in some form
County Commissioner Bill Hall dropped a bomb on the county commissioner’s meeting this morning by announcing that he was notified that the Lincoln County Town and Country Fair Board has ended their involvement Lincoln County Fair after six year’s of trying to make it work.
HOWEVER! The Fair may continue under a different vision, details of which are yet to be worked out between the Lincoln County Commission and the Oregon State University County Extension Office in Newport.
Extension’s Todd Williver told NewsLincolnCounty.com that there have been discussions between the two agencies, and there will likely be descriptions next month of how the Lincoln County Fair may look this summer – a weekend event that more closely reflects the soul and spirit of the people who live and work in Lincoln County. Williver said “Obviously that includes substantial representation by Lincoln County 4-H, but by no means would it mean that 4-H would be the centerpiece. There are other important elements of life in Lincoln County – emerging neighborhood and small farm agriculture, fisheries, marine science, forestry and other evolving aspects of life on the Oregon Coast.” When asked if popular events like bullriding might survive, Williver answered quickly, “That’s a possibility too. The commissioners and the extension office are considering a lot of options.”
So while the Lincoln County Fair may have appeared to be going down for the count, that’s only half true. With aggressive visioning and public input, the fair could rise from it’s semi-demise with a bold new vision of what the Lincoln County Fair really ought to become in these fast changing times.