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New Richland County Fair Board President Gary Blum meets Tuesday morning with county commissioners Tony Vero, Marilyn John and Darrell Banks.

MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Fair Board has a 2020 budget of $784,242 with anticipated revenue balancing expected expenses.

That was one of the messages new fair board President Gary Blum delivered to county commissioners on Tuesday morning.

The biggest expected revenue streams include $270,000 from rentals, $195,000 from admissions and $100,000 in racing fees charges. The largest expenditures budgeted are $125,000 for salaries and wages, $125,00 for professional services and $120,000 for utilities.

The fair board operates its own budget, outside of the county general fund. Blum said he believed the board had a $40,000 carry over from 2019, which he said was unusual.

The 2020 Richland County Fair will be Aug. 9 to 15, though Blum said there are events year-round at the facility on Mansfield's north side.

"There is something going on all year long, said Blum, referring commissioners to the fairground's calendar of events.

Blum, who had been board vice president, said he wanted to maintain a closer relationship with commissioners and establish better communication. He also told commissioners of the 66-page "Redbook" published by the Ohio Department of Agriculture that offers guidelines for county fairs.

"These are the rules that we go by. We can make them more stringent. We have the latitude to make our fairgrounds what we want, but these are the guidelines you need to follow. We can do things a little differently to a certain point," Blum said.

Blum said the fair board is hoping to obtain grants in 2020 that would allow for additional improvements, beyond the application commissioners voted to support in December for a $600,000 lighting improvement project.

Also Tuesday, commissioners voted to approve an agreement with Madison Township trustees and the Mansfield engineering firm of Shaffer, Johnson Lichtenwalter, & Associates, Inc. for a large culvert replacement on Annadale Avenue.

Commissioners also approved advertising for a vacant building plans examiner position.

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