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Fair Name Change Now Official

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair -- the complex where the fair is held -- is now the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair -- the complex where the fair is held -- is now the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners officially approved the name change at its June 21 meeting.

The Polk County Fair Board approved the name change May 19 after receiving mostly positive feedback from the public regarding the proposal.

Fair Manager Tina Andersen said June 21 that the new name will help expand marketing the fairgrounds as a venue to hold events. The fairgrounds hosts about 600 events a year, but needs to pull in even more business to remain successful.

"It think it's a move in the right direction and so does the (fair) board," said Polk County Fair Board Chairman Ray Steele.

Steele had asked the county's attorney, Dave Doyle, to review the new name to make sure it didn't put the Polk County Fair -- the annual four-day fair -- in danger of not receiving state funding.

Andersen said before the board granted final approval that no legal issues were found.

"It's been a long time coming," said Commissioner Craig Pope. "I'm glad it's done."

The fairgrounds' new name will soon be displayed on a new LED sign to be installed later this summer. An Oregon Department of Transportation grant will pay for the sign and installation as part of building a Salem-Keizer Transit (Cherriots) bus stop at the fairgrounds in August.

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