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Op-ed: Fair lineup looks weak (by Peter Children)

Its that time of year again when the fair board puts on their dog and pony show. They will lose money as always with beer leading the way.  You’d think by now someone in law enforcement would look into this magpie of smoke and mirrors.

Just how dumb to these (board members) think the public really is?  While I wish Mr. Green every success it’s just not going to happen.  It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a pig scramble to bring this pigsty back to monetary reality. No one will accomplish that until the entire fair board throws themselves onto the sword for the good of the community.  The resignations cannot be  selective they must be in concert; they should all go to Calmas Creek, line up, hold hands and jump in.

Mr. Green might think he can walk on water but it ain’t going to happen.  I glanced at the line up scheduled, and I can tell you right now no due diligence was done; I had the misfortune to eat at the mentioned supper club in Northwood once; the operative word being “once”, never twice.  I ordered prime rib, I thought it would be safe because it is the tenderest cut of beef you can get.  When my order arrived I couldn’t cut it….at first I thought it was a trick, but after several attempts to penetrate it I finally gave up.  The waitress asked if I wanted to take it home, but I declined; I told her I lacked the necessary power tools to take it apart.

I also see there will be no “midway” which is the heart of a fair; Green said there wasn’t enough time….hello, they had a year, how much time do you need? There will be a place however to buy the beer I’ll bet. How else can you charge $3.00 a can for something that cost 80 cents and still lose money.  Do they count the money in the dark? Is that how it works?  After all these years of dismal failure on that pricy piece of land, why don’t they stop the charade…..I for one am sick of it.  And one more thing; where is the “county attorney” in all of this? He works for the “county”, is he the least bit suspicious, enough to put together a fact finding commission….oh I forgot, we already have that; they’re called “county supervisors.”  If you are impressed with this fair then vote them back in, if not…change who sits in those seats.

Peter Children


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