Eagle County Fair cuts taxpayer subsidy | VailDaily.com

Eagle County Fair cuts taxpayer subsidy

Present: Jon Stavney, Sara Fisher.

People they talked to: Representatives of the 2010 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

What they talked about: The success of this year’s shorter, cheaper event. Event manager Brad Higgins told the commissioners that cutting this year’s fair down to four days was a success for participants, spectators and the bottom line.

The fair’s subsidy for this year was budgeted at just less than $200,000. The actual figure is closer to $170,000. The subsidy for the 2009 fair and rodeo was $316,000.

The subsidy was about the only thing smaller about this year’s rodeo, which had a record number of contestants and spectators.

Support Local Journalism

What’s next? Commissioner Sara Fisher said the county subsidy to the fair is going to have to keep shrinking. She said that spending even $200,000 on the fair isn’t going to be possible in coming years.

Support Local Journalism