Name change for fair gains board approval

RICKREALL-- Soon the Polk County Fair will be operating under a different name.

RICKREALL-- Soon the Polk County Fair will be operating under a different name.

The Polk County Fair Board voted Thursday, May 19, to change its name to "Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center."

The board originally wanted to change the name to "Polk County Fair and Events Center," which it felt better described the amount of year-round activity happening at the fair and could help bring in more revenue from facility rentals.

However, members of the public who commented on the name change said the word "fairgrounds" instead of "fair" would provide more clarity.

Before the change becomes official, the board will seek a legal opinion from County Counsel Dave Doyle about using the word "fairgrounds" in its name instead of just "fair."

Fair Board Chairman Ray Steele said he wanted to make sure the name change wouldn't prevent the fair from receiving state funding for the county fair.

Fair Manager Tina Andersen said the board will proceed with the name change after the legal opinion is given. If the facility cannot be called "fairgrounds," the name will be changed to the original "fair."

Along with the name change, the board is considering purchasing a new LED sign. 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 later this summer. The project plans call for paving a portion of the parking lot and building a new entryway and exit from the fairgrounds.


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