Great Northern Fair Board Discusses Wind Storm Damage

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Great Northern Fair Board held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening in Havre and discusses several topics.

The Board said last week’s wind storm damaged two power poles on the fairgrounds, so the Board unanimously voted to have Hill County Electric repair them later this month at a total cost of between $600-$800.

A report was provided on the asbestos study on the Office building. No asbestos was found, and they expect the office to be operational by the 2021 Fair.

As for the 2021 Fair, which is scheduled for July 14th-18th, Board Chair Bobbie Dolphay says that they are “pushing forward as if we are having a fair,” but that COVID-19 remains “a wild card.” A rodeo wiould likely take place on the Thursday and Friday of the Fair, and more details are expected to come into focus as the year moves on. As for the possibility of a carnival at the Fair, that remains “up in the air.”

Board member Tyler Smith, the previous Chair, announced that he did not seek another term on the Board. His current term expires this month. Before the meeting adjourned, he advocated for the Board to add a past President position to help them in an advisory role. No action was taken on this matter, but the Board said they will look into it.

Other items discussed at the meeting:

  • The Board recently purchased a side-by-side which they are expecting to arrive within a few months. They are still doing research on planned purchases of a computer and security cameras for the Bigger Better Barn.
  • The Board mentioned that the MSU-Northern Football team had inquired about using the Barn for practices on days where it is too cold to be outside. Board members seemed skeptical about allowing this to move forward, but did not outright dismiss the possibility. The Board plans to contact the coaching staff of the team to obtain more details on how they would plan to use the Barn for practice.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 16th.

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