New Oregon State Fair bosses eye profitability

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 8:02 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new oversight council is taking over responsibility for the Oregon State Fair with an eye toward making it profitable.

Some of the 11 people appointed to the new Oregon State Fair Council say they're optimistic they can find new ways to bring in revenue. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his picks for the council on Friday.

The Salem Statesman-Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1k1JCZG ) that the fair itself is profitable but operating expenses for the fairgrounds have often required the state to subsidize the organization.

The new council takes over from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and will meet for the first time in January to start writing a business and marketing plan. Council members say they hope to attract more events to the fairgrounds when the fair isn't taking place.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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