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LET Loss of funding left few options open

As one of the County Fair Board directors who had to decide about charging admission to the fair, I, as well as the other directors, realized that we were not going to receive total support from the general public. We did discuss this at great length and finally had to realize that we had no other recourse.

As with any business faced with a loss of income (state and county subsidies), we had to see what we could do to prevent a negative treasury balance. Not being able to cut services as the state and county can do, we had to do the only thing possible -- charge an admission fee. It is not possible for us to contract services such as cleaning, electrical needs and work crews and tell them "Oh, by the way, we may not be able to pay you."

We expect that some of the public will react negatively, as they have the right to do This might even cause them to stay home rather than pay the minimal fee we are asking. However, if they look at the fact that the only way we could continue to operate would be to charge admission, this could help temper their reactions.

This is a great, fun week, and we still hope for the public's support.

Ed; Rust

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Rochester

; If you can't pay a buck or two, stay home

Please explain to me why in the world the state taxpayer was ever responsible for subsidizing the Olmsted County Fair! If a person can't afford a buck or two, then they should probably stay home.

Perhaps those people who feel we don't pay enough state taxes can stand at the gates and hand out dollar bills to those wishing to get in but can't afford the cost.

Tom; Stenzel

Rochester;

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