Fair Board exploring options after Swap Days exit

By Wayne Allen

January 24, 2014

By Wayne Allen


With the recent announcement that Swap Days is leaving Scioto County, Kevin Noel, president of the Scioto County Fair Board, said the board is exploring a number of options.

“The only thing I have to say about it (the Southern Ohio Poultry Associations decision to move Swap Days) is that it just boiled down to two organizations that could not come to an agreement on a contract,” Noel said. “They (Southern Ohio Poultry Association) chose to go a different route.”

When asked about the financial loss to the fair board, Noel said, “I think anytime (something like this happens) you lose some money, but like I said, it was a business decision. They chose to go a different route and we’re just going to move on.”

He said the annual Scioto County Fair will not change as a result of the loss to the fairgrounds.

“The fair will stay the same. The fair is for the community and we will not change how the fair has operated over the last 100 years,” Noel said. “(It will be) as it always has been, you pay one price and you get everything inside the fence.”

He said the fair board is exploring a number of options to bring events and activities to the Scioto County Fairgrounds throughout the year.

“We (Scioto County Fair Board) have a meeting Thursday and I think that’s when the board will sit down and maybe look at some other options of different things to do during non-fair time,” Noel said.

He said one of the options the fair board discussed was putting a survey on their website in an effort to receive feedback from the community. He said throughout the years the fair board has tried to bring in various performing acts that would bring a variety of people to the fair.

“We’re trying to do some different things and that’s why a survey was suggested to get additional feedback from the community,” Noel said. “Times have changed. When I was a teenager you went to the fair and now they have other things to do, so we’re going to try to think outside the box a little bit.”

Noel said the Scioto County Fair is here to stay.

“We’re going to try to put the best product out there for the people to come to,” he said.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.