Loy Park is home to many forms of entertainment for the folks of Grayson County. There’s the Livestock Show and Holiday Lights, but this year it won’t be home to the Grayson County Fair.

Loy Park is home to many forms of entertainment for the folks of Grayson County. There’s the Livestock Show and Holiday Lights, but this year it won’t be home to the Grayson County Fair.


Joyce White, family and consumer science agent with the Agri-life Extension Office and member of the Grayson County Fair board, said one problem after another piled up until there just wasn’t any way to get it all resolved for a fair in 2015.


"This is hard and kinda sad," White told commissioners. She said the decision came Monday night at an emergency meeting of the fair board.


White said the person who owned the carnival died in April and the board was not able to get another one scheduled. A fair without a carnival, she said, just really isn’t much of a fair.


Though it is called the Grayson County Fair, the project gets no money from County coffers. White said several members of the board work for the County in other capacities, but they do their fair work on their off hours. Because White made the announcement in the public comments portion of the meeting, the Court was not able to reply to her about the project.


"People and money are the biggest challenges every year," White said. "This year we added six or seven new fair board members and thought, ‘OK, we are back on track to have an active board.’ Of those new members, only three made it to monthly meetings and did what they said," White said.


She said the group was able to line up some great vendors and some excellent entertainment.


"What we did not have was sponsors to help pay those bills that every fair needs to operate successfully, ground rental, insurance, ribbons/awards, security, etc.," she said.


She said discovering that there wouldn’t be a carnival was the last straw.


"We did have the opportunity to bring in a ‘water park’ to replace the carnival, which I thought was exciting since there isn’t one around this area, but the price tag of $10,000 was completely out of our budget," she said.


She explained that the group would have had to guarantee that 500 folks would pay $20 for tickets. Even though armbands for the carnival cost $20 or $25, there is no way to guarantee they would sell enough tickets to break even.


"In the end we could not gamble on maybe," White said.