Expo Center Business Brisk, Gearing up for July County Fair

Total revenue collected in April at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center totaled $212,612, Director Kris Barnes told commissioners Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker during their meeting on May 21. Total income from events held in April was $123,586.

Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger was not present.

Barnes said total income through April is $971,957 with only $22,378 outstanding.

April events ranged from the Chintimini Kennel Club Dog Show to the Oregon Women for Agriculture Banquet and the Heart of the Valley Home Show.

May is another busy month, Barnes noted. Events so far have included a large gun show, a rabbit/cavy show, a horse show, and the 4-H horse pre-fair, among many others.

Barnes said his team is ramping up for the annual Linn County Fair July 18-20. Road Department staff are helping by restriping the parking lot and RV areas.

Barnes said this year’s Main Stage entertainment will include Lonestar on July 18, the Lead Singers of Rock and Roll (Boston and Chicago) on July 19 and Chris Lane on July 20. Tickets will go on sale online on June 1 at www.linncountyfair.com/tickets/prices.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • Approved the publication and distribution of Requests for Proposals for architectural design services for renovations at the Linn County Jail’s female housing section.
  • Were told by County Health Officer Dr. Adam Brady there were 68 births in April, 37 female and 31 males. There were 127 deaths including three suicides. He said there was one COVID-19 outbreak and although there are still some COVID-19 cases each month, the number is extremely small. There have also been some influenza cases and a couple cases of pertussis (whooping cough) that were associated with contact made in Lane County.
  • Approved the following fund transfers: Road Department, $100,000; Parks & Recreation, $320,000; Justice of the Peace Court, $125,000; Fair Fund, $68,000.
  • Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with Benton County to provide up to four beds at the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center for $360 per day per bed.
  • Approved a Personal Services Contract with Family Tree Nursery to provide Peer Recovery Mentors to Linn County clients receiving Alcohol and Drug Treatment. The contract is not to exceed $155,760 for two years. Funds are pass-through from the Criminal Justice Commission, Specialty Court Grant Agreement.