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Your Opinion: Unfair seating arrangement at fair

Your Opinion: Unfair seating arrangement at fair

August 7th, 2012 by Mike Crocker, Lohman in News

Dear Editor:

If you love live country music, then this past week at the Cole County Fair could of and should of been a good week to watch some live country music. The acts that came to the Cole County Fair were exceptional and the Jaycees are to be commended for bringing this level of talent to our fair.

For years on going to the Cole County Fair, one could bring in their own lawn chairs and set them up early in front of the stage in order to watch the live concerts. For the most part the crowds standing around the lawn chair crowd would honor the boundaries of those sitting, but on one of the shows this past week, the standing crowds showed no regard or respect to those sitting and over-ran the area of those sitting, causing confusion and anger leading to a bad evening of watching the concert.

I have been escorting my mother to the fair for several years, because she loves live country music shows and she was upset about the way the crowd ruined the concert for her. This matter was brought to the attention of the Jaycees and their resolve to this situation was to re-locate the "lawn chair" crowd several hundred feet away from the stage, in front of one of the beer stands and behind one of main walk-ways. No one sitting in this area could see anything on the stage.

When asked about this re-location for the lawn chairs, we were told that it was not safe to set lawn chairs on the gravel and that they should be set up on concrete or that the artist performing was requesting that no lawn chairs could be in front of the stage ... really?

I suggest to the Jaycees that they attend or communicate with some other local fairs and their organizers and see how they set up there concerts for their audiences. They will find out that there is a better method on seating and satisfying everyone who wants to attend the fair and enjoy the concerts.

There needs to be a better arrangement for the audiences that want to attend the Cole County Fair live concerts in the future, especially if they can bring good acts to the fair.

On closing; why doesn't the Cole County Fair sell ice cream at the fair, not dip-n-dots, but ice cream?