McHenry County Fair gets by with less state funding
MCHENRY COUNTY, ILL. When Dick Crone became president of the McHenry County Fair board nine years ago, funding from the state made up 50 percent of the fairgrounds’ budget. Today, it’s only 20 percent.
As Illinois’ debt continues to grow, its appropriations get pared—and that includes the annual county fair based in Woodstock , according to a story in the Northwest Herald.
The 64th McHenry County Fair opened yesterday. It’s one of 12 fairs in Illinois that gets a bigger share of financial help from the state because it’s less well attended than rural county fairs downstate.
The funding is used for maintenance and renovation of the fairgrounds.
In 2011, the fair got $46,612 from the state—some $23,000 less than in 2010.
Crone said the fair board has tried to keep prices affordable—the general admission for adults is $7, grandstand tickets range from $5 to $7, and parking is free—even with the funding cuts by relying more on volunteers and increasing sponsorships.
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