I cannot express the gratitude I have for the support of the people of this beautiful area of Central Oregon. I believed that I would retire as the fair manager. What I didn't expect was that politics would take over what I believed to be a community facility.
The amount of untruths that has been circulated over the last two months is phenomenal. I just want you all to know that I am OK with this and I know that another opportunity for me will open its doors.
Just remember that the powers that be are not always as they seem and maybe this community needs to really think about who should be running this county, the commissioners or the people.
I worked very hard to get the fairgrounds on more stable grounds. The deficit had been dwindling over the past three years and I really believe that the light at the end of the tunnel was getting brighter. I was not given the tools by the county to make the fairgrounds successful. If I had not had the commitment of the community to invest what they did over the last five years, the deficit would have been going deeper in the red. So, thank you to the businesses and individuals (you know who you are) who helped make a difference in the success of the fairgrounds.
Until the commissioners understand the economic impact the fairgrounds have on this community, it cannot be successful. They have no idea what would happen to the local economy if the fairgrounds were to just go away. 70,000 to 80,000 people walk through the gates of our fairgrounds every year, they shop at our grocery stores, they use our hotels, they buy our gas and they eat at our restaurants. It's not just about the fair.
Why can't we invest in what we already have and not in new ventures? I just don't understand the thought process of these decisions. So, think very carefully before you vote. There needs to be some change and we the voters are the only ones who can do that.
Again, thank you for the support through these trying times.