Commissioners agree to increased fairgrounds fees
Fees to use the Garfield County Fairgrounds will rise next year. Fairgrounds manager Bob Crompton proposed the new fees to the Garfield County Commissioners, which the commissioners approved. Crompton said the fees hadn’t been raised since 2000, while utility bills have steadily increased.”Our rates compared to about any other fairgrounds is way less,” he said. “Eagle County fairgrounds charge $300 for the indoor arena that is half the size of the Garfield County arena. Mesa County charges $1,500 for use of their outdoor arena. … We’ve really been beat up on this.”Commissioner Trési Houpt questioned the charge for the recently completed public meeting room that is attached to the indoor arena building. The 2005 community rate is $125 for a full day and $75 for a half day. Commercial users will be charged $150 for a full day and $75 for a half day. Commercial rates apply to all events charging an admission fee.Houpt also questioned Crompton about what nonprofit organizations will be charged to use the fairgrounds. Youth groups such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America will continue to use the fairgrounds for free, he said. However, nonprofits putting on fund-raising events such as Little Britches Rodeo and the annual Colorado Mountain College-sponsored Mud for Marge motor races are charged the community rate, Crompton said.Commissioner Larry McCown said he supported the new fees in view of increased operating costs, but cautioned, “We don’t want to price ourselves out of business.”He added that if the commissioners hear complaints from the public about the new rates they will reconsider them mid-year. Here’s how the use fees, based on full day use, will change at the fairgrounds:• Full fairgrounds, including outdoor and indoor arenas, the North and South halls, concession stand and parking: Community rate – $700 a day (up from $600); commercial rate – $1,000 and 5 percent of the gate (up from $900 and 5 percent of gate)• Outdoor arena, grandstands: Community rate – $300 full day (up from $375); commercial rate – $350 plus 5 percent of gate (up from $250 plus 5 percent of gate)• Motorsports, new this year: Commercial rate – $500 for use of outdoor arena plus 5 percent of the gate.• Indoor arena: Community rate – $200 (up from $150); commercial – $350 plus 5 percent of gate (up from $250 plus 5 percent gate) • Conference room (recently opened): Community rate – $125 for full day, $75 for half day; commercial – $150 full day, $75 for half day• North and South halls (each): Community rate – $125 (up from $100); commercial rate – $175 (up from $100)• Stall fee: $7.50 per horse (up from $5)
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