Taylor Crafts selected to serve as Fair Queen
Ed and Reta Herrera were introduced as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Harney County Fair, Rodeo, and Race Meet, and Taylor Crafts greeted the crowd as the 2016 Fair Queen at the Harney County Fair Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Fair Manager Don Slone also announced “Bucking Chutes and Dusty Boots” was chosen as the theme for next year’s fair.
A report on the 2015 fair was presented to those in attendance as follows:
• 163 adults entered 900 Open Class exhibits. 134 youth entered 539 Open Class exhibits. 221 4-H and FFA Youth entered 1,029 exhibits.
• There were 200 youth events with 9,530 people attending. This is 36 more youth events, and 1,931 more people than in 2014.
• There were 238 public events with 27,846 people attending. This is 36 more events and 1,175 more people attending than in 2014.
• There were 40 private events with 1,335 people attending. This is six fewer events and 356 fewer people attending than in 2014.
• All of this was a total of 478 events with 38,711 people attending. That is 66 more events and 2,733 more people than in 2014.
• There were 557 volunteers and sponsors working directly for the Fair Board in 2015. This is 144 fewer volunteers than in 2014.
• Estimated hours by those volunteers were 8,257 or equivalent to 3.9 full-time employees.
• At a minimum wage, those volunteer hours would cost $76,250.
• The expense of the 2015 fair was $192,521. The income of the 2014 fair was $175,000.
• The estimated gross dollars earned by 24 community organizations during the fair is $714,920 or $228,172 more than in 2014. This is four times what the fair revenue was.
• The 4-H and FFA auction alone grossed $410,615, or $135,529 more than in 2014.
• The estimated gross dollars generated by community organizations at the fairgrounds during the off season was $107,278 or $1,038 fewer than in 2014.
• The economic impact of the 2015 Fair to Harney County is $6.674 million.