After the Madison County Fair Board decided on the top four priority projects at the Madison County Fairgrounds, it was time for a public hearing. Craig Erickson with Great West Engineering, along with the fair board, hosted a public meeting for discussion of the fairgrounds master plan on Nov. 9 in Twin Bridges.
The Madison County Fair Board, in conjunction with the community, has a few big decisions to make in the next month, which they discussed at their Sept. 21 meeting in Twin Bridges. The county is working with Great West Engineering to develop a master plan for the fairgrounds, and the board’s input will guide that document.
The Madison-Jefferson County Fair market sale grossed $381,459.75, down $450,000 from last year’s market.
“Even though we were down from last year, we still had a phenomenal sale,” said Leif Funston, president of the volunteer livestock sales committee.
Last week, the Madison County Fair took place in Twin Bridges at the county fairgrounds.
Members of the fair board met with commissioners and county representatives in the Madison County public meeting room on Jan. 26 as to talk about the fair and the grounds after an audit during last year’s county fair produced some discrepancies.
On Nov. 17, Madison County commissioners Jim Hart and Ron Nye met with the fair board and fairgrounds manager Dana Escott for a joint meeting to discuss a variety of topics, from an agreement with the Twin Bridges Fire Department to the future of the fairgrounds.
“We asked a lot of questions but we didn’t really finalize or decide anything,” said Ron Nye, after all three Madison County Commissioners traveled to Jefferson County to meet with the neighboring commissioners regarding the Madison-Jefferson County Fair.
The Madison-Jefferson County Fair livestock sale grossed $450,000 this year, just $30,000 short from last years total.
The Madison County Fair wrapped up its weeklong affair on Sunday, Aug. 14 with the annual parade through downtown Twin Bridges – the closing ceremony for one of Madison County’s biggest events.
The Madison County Fairgrounds is in transition – in the last decade, use of the fairgrounds has skyrocketed, especially during the summer months. Because of that, however, there is increased pressure on the facilities and staff, so the fair board is now working with the county commissioners to plan for the future.