According to this Savage Pacer article, the Scott County Fair Board recently brought on a new manager to reshape the county fair and bring in more revenue from its facilities both preexisting and soon to come. While this idea is a great one, it would appear that the new manager, and the fair’s board, are making many of the same mistakes other local agencies have made over the years.
From the article:
The county fair will be without Entertainment Square this summer. New lighting and sound systems will replace the aging white stage, and a temporary arts venue will be erected in its place.
In 2014, a seasonal cultural performing arts center will be built, making use of the state-of-the-art equipment purchased in 2013.
For many months of each year, Woodward plans to primarily market the facility to local organizations that could host orchestra concerts, historical events and other cultural events. Woodward isn’t discounting the potential for drawing well-known bands, “if we build the right building,” he said.
Each new event would be an opportunity for the fair board to raise money via food and beverage vendors — depending on the event, maybe a local microbrewery or vineyard. And of course, the Ferris wheel would be turning.
The fairgrounds, too, is for rent. People who need a place for their outdoor weddings, animal shows, arts performances, or other gatherings could find a willing host at the fairgrounds.
These items sound awfully familiar to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and Apple Valley’s failed attempt at using the multi-million dollar senior center as a place to hold wedding receptions and other events. While Jordan may be a little different than Apple Valley or Burnsville, one really has to wonder whether a woman would want to get married in the same general area where cows will be streaming urine on the ground from under their raised tails and horses plop their steaming piles all over the ground while rural folk slug beer and hold food on a stick from fifth tier vendors who can’t afford to populate such illustrious venues as the Dakota County Fairgrounds.
Do you think Scott County’s Fairgrounds will fair (ha!) better than the BPAC or other similar venues when it comes to adding a performing arts center? Looking back as someone who was getting married, could you imagine yourself getting married on fairground property? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.