Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

June 18, 2013

Fair board looks for next step

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Efforts continue to move forward to add a little spark to a longtime board that oversees Garvin County’s fairgrounds facility.

A few tweaks to the rules and regulations for the rental of the fair barns in Pauls Valley were presented Monday to all three county commissioners, which ultimately is the group with final say over the facility.

One member of the Garvin County Fair Board, Randy McGee, said it was equally important for all parties to better communicate and get on the same page if the board is going to take that next step toward being more active.

“We’ve had meetings and long discussions on the regulations for the use of that facility,” McGee said.

“We want to try and create rules that will utilize this facility to its utmost,” he said.

“I want to recruit for that facility. We don’t have the rules or organizational structure to do anything like that.

“I don’t want to cause problems. I just want to get the point where we know all the rules.”

The rules here refer to the rental of the fair barns for use in private functions and at times more tourism related public events.

Regardless of the event there are policies that come into play, including fees and deposit checks. Those checks are typically returned if there’s no damages and the facility is properly cleaned up after the function.

There were some discussions about a new law to be enacted later this year that prohibits smoking on all county property, including the county fairgrounds.

Currently smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of a county facility.

Also not allowed at the fair barns when rented for a private function are alcoholic drinks or organized religious services.

Commissioners added they currently have a line item in the county budget to maintain the fairgrounds.

As a member of the fair board, McGee said he hopes the group will start getting more active in overseeing the fairgrounds; to the point where grants can be sought to help pay for ongoing building improvements and someday recruit specialized events to use the facility.

“I don’t want to stop any of the good things that are happening,” McGee said.

“We all need to be communicating better and working toward a master plan,” he said.

“We need to get serious and start figuring out a budget and how we can start getting revenue.”

Commissioners indicated they will likely revisit the recommended changes to fees and rules for the fair barn rentals at next week’s regular meeting.