Fair Organizers say that they are afraid there would be no money to advertise the event in 2012 if this years fair failed to garner attendance. Its very sad that Local businesses did not offer any sponsorship. what happened to putting back into the community ?
It should have been coming up in the next week 2011 - October 18-23 2012 - October 23-28 so I went looking for details and found that the website is just a ghost of last years event http://www.stjohnsfair.com/
So a little more looking I find this article
Organizers cancel St. Johns County Fair
Posted: July 28, 2011 - 9:35am
By Peter Guinta
Organizers of the St. Johns County fair said Wednesday that the flashing neon, popping corn, Ferris wheel, dairy goat exhibition, cotton candy, prize rabbits and vomit-inducing roller coaster rides won't be there this October because the fair has been canceled this year.
Dr. Fred Springer, a veterinarian with offices in Elkton and St. Augustine, has served as the volunteer fair manager for the past five years.
"The fair started with the premise of giving our youth a place to show their 4-H projects," he said. "The poor economy is to blame [for it closing]. [Financing] is entirely based on sponsorship. Last year, we had zero cash sponsorship."
Every year for the last seven years, the fair made just enough to put on next year's fair.
Springer said that there's enough money to put on a fair this year, he said. But if that's spent, there's nothing for 2012 and he fears that the fair might close for good.
"[The decision to close] is completely based on the economy and people's perception of the economy. We've got to get people to come to the fair," he said.
Mounting the St. Johns County Fair costs between $50,000 and $55,000.
That's enough money that the Fair Board can afford to hire outside entertainment, such as popular, patriotic or country-oriented musical groups.
But last year, the fair had only $35,000 to spend and there was no entertainment, which hurt attendance.
In good years, attendance ranged from 10,000 to 12,000. When a fair visitor buys an armband for $10, they get as many Midway rides as they want for free.
That $10 is split between the fair and the Midway, with the fair getting only $2.
"For the past seven years, it's been by the skin of our teeth," Springer said. "For years we had nothing."
Board member Jim Dilbeck of Vilano Beach said the Fair Board hasn't met at all this year. But, he added, had it not been for Springer, there would be no St. Johns County fair.
"It's an awesome job to run that fair," Dilbeck said. "When [Springer] first took it on, he full-time worked on it a month. He's done a great job."
But Springer said he needed to work on his personal businesses, the Ancient City Veterinary Hospital on State Road 207 in St. Augustine and Tri-County Veterinarians on S.R. 207, across from the Fairgrounds.
"The economy hurts me, too," he said. "[The fair's] a ton of work. A lot of money was coming out of my pocket so I could work for free. It just about killed me. But I hope the economic times improve and we can get it back in the future."
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