Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Not Fair!

I’m starting to worry about the Clatsop County Fair Grounds under the management of Gary Friedman. I know the average citizen rarely considers the Fair Grounds unless they are asking for money, but as a tax payer and one who attends several events at the Fair Grounds every year I have big concerns.

My first concern is, he wants to replace the dirt floor in the arena with a hard surface. This is a disastrous idea. As for the concerns of animals the dirt floor works where a dirt covered hard surface doesn’t. Plus it will cost more in the long run to keep bringing dirt in and out. Also, where will he find dry dirt in the winter if an event calls for it?

My next concern in that Angela put a lot of effort into promoting the Fair Grounds, and it has all evaporated. Maybe the tone was set by the County when it took two months for them to come up with the press release that Mr. Friedman had been hired to fill the position, so now information delays are acceptable.

My final concern is that I went to the Fair web site last week to get some information about the up-coming fair and there was nothing there to be found. There was information on the Rodeo, but the information was from 2006 rodeo. So I sent an email to Mr. Friedman, regarding the status of their website but my email was returned, unable to get through their spam filter.

Please, if someone out there knows Mr. Friedman or a Fair Board member, please wake them up and have them read these complaints. The Fair Board knows how to promote when they are looking for more money, but they need to continue promoting the events to keep our residents wanting to return and make further investments in what you have going there. And Mr. Friedman, I’m not too impressed with what you’ve done so far, but it’s not too late to improve. Get to work!



Blogger Mike S said...

None of my affair,(no pun intended)but if that was here, there'd be a buncha us reg'lar citizen types parked waiting for the guy when he shows his face to ask him some pointed questions. Of course, we'd also make sure the local papers/radio were represented when confronting him as well:)

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

That's next, Mike. I need to go in to get our Supporter buttons next week.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Did you write a "letter to the editor" with copy to the obstructing one? Never hurts to hit'em hard, publically, and often:)

8:14 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

Don't forget to post it on NCO. I hear all the bigwigs read it.

10:45 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

The Daily Astorian only publishes letters that look favorably upon our District Attorney. I've written several letters concerning other matters, and even some that took issue with things the editor has written and they never get published.

7:50 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mo3, they read this blog as well.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first mistake, the fairgrounds should have been built on 101.
Remember when willie nelson performed?

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I wasn't here then, but I would agree. Though the present fairgrounds was an easy transaction because it used to belong to the college and it had some infrastructure in place.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of things ...

First of all, sounds like the new county fairgrounds management is just the same as the old one. Tried to call, nobody ever answered the phone. Left voice-mails, sent emails, etc., and the old fair grounds manager cheerfully ingnored any and all inquiries for information that were sent in ANY form. So nothing has changed, I guess.

About the Daily A letters to the editor ... when you submit, make sure any facts are absolutely indisputable and backed up, and that you're not making any directly personal attacks against anyone. Figured those things out eventually through trial and error.

And be sure to leave a contact number so you can be called to verify you're the sender. They always call me to verify I wrote the letter, even if they don't always publish it.

7:56 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Anon, when I write letters to the editor I choose my words very carefully and follow all the rules. But my content usually runs contrary to the papers mission, goals and advertisers.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This page contains a lot of information on the 4-H and agriculture portions of the fair. It also has the schedule of events for the contests, but it doesn't have anything about concerts and other parts of the fair.

9:41 PM  

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