Fair Concerns In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fair is just five months away and this could be its last year if there’s not a big turnaround in gate receipts.

The apparent assessment of the fair by the Josephine County Commissioners came while they were talking about budget issues in a workshop session on Tuesday morning. Board members emphasized that a new fair director is working hard to guide the fair back to profitability, but its success rests with community support.

“I think that’s an issue that is utterly dependent upon the people of Josephine County. It can be done! I think it should be done because that’s a legacy,” said County Commissioner Keith Heck

“The long-term future is very questionable. We’re going to have to really be considerate of what’s out there and what we need to do, because many of the buildings are very, very old,” said County Commissioner Cheryl Walker.

There are also concerns about the future of horse racing at the Grants Pass Downs, next to the fair grounds. A fair board meeting next week will address some of those concerns.