Henry County residents will have a fair in 2010. Next year’s fair will be June 22-27 said Wayne Douglass, president of the Henry County Fair Board.


    Henry County residents will have a fair in 2010. Next year’s fair will be June 22-27 said Wayne Douglass, president of the Henry County Fair Board.
   
The fair board and directors met Aug. 16, at the fairgrounds to discuss regular business in addition to an upcoming fund-raiser.

    “The carnival this year really hurt us, but we will rise above that whole mess and look at next year” said Ellie Johnson, Henry County Fair Board treasurer.

    Meanwhile the fair board is still trying to get answers from this year’s carnival and may look to the State’s Attorney’s office for help.

    “They had a contract with us and broke it,” said Johnson. “They sent us a check, a bad check that bounced. Even though the carnival hurt the fair, the fair will survive.

    “If the state comes through with its promise, we will receive about $30,000 plus 28 to 30 percent of our premiums back,” said Johnson. “If that happens — and with a few more fund-raisers — a 2010 fair will be held.”

    During regular business, the group discussed possible carnivals and are working to obtain one for the 2010 fair.

    They also heard from a couple of men who are interested in holding a motorcycle race during next year’s fair. The board took information from the men who said the race usually brings in a grandstand crowd of 800 to 900 people. A possible Sunday show was discussed, but nothing is definite.

    Cheryl Johnston of Cambridge, one of the new superintendents of the art hall, said she is working on a couple of grants, hoping to obtain some much needed money. She said she also talked with State Rep. Don Moffitt over the weekend and asked him if there are any funds for which the Henry County Fair qualifies.

    Johnson gave the treasurer’s report and a number of bills were approved to be paid.

    The group also discussed an upcoming fund-raiser to be held Sept. 26, at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The fund-raiser will include a hog roast, dance and 50/50 raffle.

    The hog roast will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the band Nitrix playing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The dinner will include either a pulled pork sandwich or hot dog, potato salad, baked beans, chips and dessert. Extra sandwiches will also be available. The board will have pop, bottled water, ice tea and beer to drink.

    The pigs for the event were donated by Bob Steele and Rick Dobbels.

    Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help pay for next year’s Henry County Fair.

    The board also discussed the shares which are being sold. An individual can purchase one share of Henry County Fair stock which will entitle them to a lifetime membership that includes a free gate pass for the rest of their life.

    The next meeting will be a shareholder’s meeting Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.