County Fair Association requesting fairground maintenance

The County Fair Association has requested that its current lease on the fairground property be extended until April 1, 2015 to allow county leadership to discuss the property’s future.

Island County commissioners will discuss the request, received by letter Aug. 27, at today’s regular work session.

Commissioners approved $30,000 in July for maintenance of the Island County Fairgrounds although the future management of the property remains uncertain.

The association said it will continue to operate the property if the county authorizes $20,000 Oct. 1, and another $10,000 Jan. 1 for minimal upkeep and expenses.

All buildings except the Pole Building, the Coffman Building and the nearest restroom will be closed.

Commissioners, wanting to invest in a short-term solutions, directed staff to reach out to the Port of South Whidbey, the parks district and the fair association to find out what it would take to put out a request for property management proposals.

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