I drive by the Fairgrounds at least once a day, I look at it and what I see is disgusting, it’s run down, looks shop worn, I see it as an embarrassment to this city and county.
Now the chickens have come home to roost; Wanda Kruse has filed suit against the North Iowa Fair Association; good for her. This is long overdue; up until now it has been shrouded in a way that projected an air of untouchable stature. Whenever I asked about the fair, the answer was always; the fair board is in charge and the supervisors have nothing to say about it. Others would allude to similar remarks, that they were an entity unto their own, ungovernable by any outside interest. Well, life just does not work that way.
Anytime you have a “closed society” such as this, the members begin to feel they have immunity from real law, the law we all live by. That property is not an island, it is not immune from rules and regulations that are on paper, that are stated as the manner in which they shall govern themselves in the course of their duty.
That place is not a private source of endless supplies, free money, and your own private place of business. It is something that belongs to those who live here, those whose tax dollars contribute to its existence.
We have heard all sorts of rumors; it is said that once appointed to that board you cannot be repelled from it, it has been said that it is a “good ol’ boy” system of corruption where one hand washes the other. I know this much, it doesn’t show a profit, it doesn’t make money. In truth no one really knows that much about it, and I personally think it was designed that way for decades.
The contention is Wanda was shown the door because she wouldn’t play ball, she wasn’t a team player, she went by the book and the results were evident. There is much that is known but cannot be written about at this juncture but will be reveled once this dog and pony show enters the courtroom. Some could end up in jail if allegations can be proven; this will alter lives. This now gives adage to the old axiom; “ It ain’t over until the fat lady sings,” and she is getting ready to step in front of the microphone now…..
The Fair Association has twenty days to respond, so there won’t be much until then. Mark your calender. This will be a much better show than anything that ever appeared on a stage at the fairgrounds.