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Social garden helps Fair turn a profit

Pierce County Fair Coordinator Ann Webb discusses all things Fair during the Prescott Kiwanis weekly meeting Thursday (Herald photo by Jason Schulte).

PRESCOTT -- The hope was when a social garden was added for the 2013 Pierce County Fair, it would increase revenue, so the Fair wouldn’t be so dependent on the tax levy.

Mission accomplished, according to Fair Coordinator Ann Webb as for over the four days of the Fair, the County finished in the black for the first time in recent years thanks to the social garden.

County personnel had been looking for ways to remove the Fair from the County levy for years. A social garden picked up momentum as an option to increase revenue when surveys taken during the 2012 Fair indicated fairgoers would continue to attend the Fair if there was one. The County Board approved the social garden earlier this year.

Webb mentioned this among other topics as she was the Prescott Kiwanis’ guest speaker Thursday at United Church of Christ.

The 2013 Fair “was one of our most stressful Fairs,” Webb said, “but we made it”. The two causes of concern revolved around the announcements of Secretary Ginny Huber’s retirement (she will still coordinate the social garden) and the pancreatic cancer diagnosis of Groundskeeper Ken Hines, two months before the Fair.

“He has been my right hand for a long time,” Webb said.

Despite those scares, Webb said Fair attendance ended up over 40,000 for the four days, which is average compared to recent years.

“It’s all about Mother Nature when it comes to attendance,” she said, noting the Fair has been on a nice run weather-wise for the last few years.

For more please read the Sept. 18 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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