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A Great Fair

President gives report

 Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Four days of good weather, great volunteers and an excellent facility all combined to make for a wonderful Box Elder County Fair in 2011, according to Fair Board President Monte Munns.

Munns was at the county commission table Wednesday to give a final report on the annual event that draws thousands to the fairgrounds in Tremonton each year.  Those fairgrounds “have never looked nicer than they did this year,” Munns said, giving credit to the events director at the grounds, Jan Rhodes, and her crew of inmate helpers from the jail.

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Munns also acknowledged the Sheriff’s Department and area law enforcement for their constant presence at the fair, providing a safe environment for fairgoers.

The biggest issue with this year’s event, Munns said, was parking.  Striping was done in the east parking lot, increasing the parking spots by 20 percent and providing spaces for about 1,500 cars.  But the parking area east of the horse stalls saw some problems and the west parking lot resulted in “some very creative parking” due to its configuration.

“Parking at the fair each year is a big issue,” Munns told commissioners, and suggested a person be put on the fair board to specifically oversee the matter.  He also suggested the south entry to the grounds near the rodeo arena be moved to alleviate the bottleneck occurring each year as rodeo goers try to get back on the highway.

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