Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, August 8 2013 at 10:38 PM, Updated: Thu, August 8 2013 at 11:16 PM
A lot of opinions tonight on the future of the Jackson County Fair after a not so successful season-- residents put in their two cents on how to keep the tradition alive.
About 200 residents went to a town-hall meeting at the Bob and Phyllis Mace Memorial Center concerned about the future of the fairgrounds and its outstanding 300-thousand dollar loan.
Some say the fair's trouble's may be based on a lack of community participation
"Unfortunately with all the failure of the fair there's been some mis-communication about the economic issues," says Gary Bedell, a volunteer for the fairgrounds.
Jackson County Fair grounds board members said they're doing whatever it takes to keep the fair going year after year.
They're currently working on a report to show the fair's economic impact on the area.
Last year the fair made $900,000 in sales but this year it's down to $476,000 because they didn't host two concerts.
But not having the concerts saved them money too.
NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.
She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.
Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.
She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”