Officials worry over funding for Delaware County Fair

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Delaware County leaders are concerned after few people stepped up to donate money to replace funding that will be lost after they canceled this year’s hog wrestling event at the county fair.

The fair board voted last month to remove hog wrestling after online petitioners complained that the event was cruel. About $12,000 was needed to make up the revenue and an account for donations so far only has $855 — with $500 pledged by county commissioner Shannon Henry, who urged the fair board to cancel the event.

Officials told the (Muncie) Star Press ( ) that they’re disappointed by the lack of financial support from the people who pushed to bring an end to hog wrestling.

Aside from Henry’s pledge, only 19 others were made, mainly ranging from $5 to $30.

“Once the event was canceled, that was it as far as they were concerned,” Henry said of the hog wrestling opponents who were urged to donate money to offset the loss in revenue.

About $155,000 in revenue was generated at last year’s fair, according to Delaware County Recorder Melanie Marshall, who is the fair board member in charge of grandstand shows.

Officials also said that they’re concerned about this year’s fair overall.

“I’m very concerned about the fair this year,” said Delaware County Council member and fair board president Jane Lasater. “I feel like we’ve been hit with the perfect storm.”

The fair board decided to replace hog wrestling with a monster truck show that costs $12,000.

“That’s a very expensive event,” Marshall said.

Officials hope crowds will be attracted by other popular events that are continuing and the monster truck show, Lasater said.

“It’s gonna be up to the community and the people to come out and come to the fair this year,” she added.

The Delaware County Fair runs July 20-25, with the 4-H competition beginning July 13.


Information from: The Star Press,

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