Amy Scott, fair manager, told county commissioners during their Tuesday meeting that the fair board wants to add a tent and canopy near the seating area closest to the stage. The measure should make it easier for people with stage-front tickets to get into and out of the section, she said. It will include a stand that will sell beer and other beverages. Portable toilets will also be added near the stage-front area, she said.
Scott said 100 seats will be added to the stage-front area. That will increase the number of seats in the section to 1,050.
Seats in the stage-front area are gated and require a special ticket, but aren't reserved.
People who buy the stage-front seats have told fair officials that once they get into the section, it can be difficult to get out to go to the bathroom or concession stand, she said.
Commissioners OK'd spending $6,890 to buy the tent and canopy from United Rentals of Sioux Falls. To cover the cost, the price of stage-front seats will increase from $65 to $70.
Scott said the cost of reserved grandstand seating will not go up because the improvements will not benefit that section. Those tickets are $65. General admission tickets are $45. The ticket prices include all three concerts and other events, like the rodeo and demolition derby, during the fair.
The fair board will also spend $2,680 for fencing that will enclose the wash rack near the Beef Barn. That's the area where 4-H'ers who enter livestock wash their animals.
In other fair-related business, the commission:
• Changed the job of Scott's administrative assistant, Sonje Oban, to that of a permanent full-time employee.
• After meeting in closed session to discuss personnel matters, appointed Gordon Nelson, Linda Thurston, Chris Fischbach, Davin Johnson and Becky Stucker as members of the fair board.
Commissioner Tom Fischbach said that Chis Fischbach is a distant cousin.