The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 12
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B4 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T KANSAS STATE FAIR State fair feeling budget cruncli $200 budget shortfall may force fair to drop traditional free Friday By The Associated Press HUTCHINSON — The state's budget problems have Kansas State Fair officials worried to the extent that they're considering changing the traditional free admission policy for the first Friday of the fair. General Manager Bill Ogg told fair board members at ^their meeting Friday the $200 million state budget shortfall might prompt lawmakers to consider cutting out the state's annual contribution of $300,000 for capital improvements at the fair The fair has built up a capital improvement fund of slightly more than $1 million to pay for more than a dozen projects through 2002, in part with the state's annual allocation. Losing that $300,000 would be significant because the money has already been earmarked • HOMETOWN HEROINE for a variety of projects. Board member Mary Alice Lair said she thought lawmakers felt that since they approved the $36 million master- plan proposal for renovating the fair grounds, the fair didn't need the $300,000. "It's like you're going to inherit a big bunch of money in five years," Lair said. "But until then, you're going to starve." Faced with that potential loss of revenue and soaring utility costs, board member Bob Barker said he thought it was time to review the tradition of charging no admission on the first Friday of the fair. "That day brings in 50,000 people," Barker said. Board member Mike Gaskill said the fair needed to do something to offset its increasing costs, but that it should offer some form of a free day "I would hate to see us give up free Friday" Lair said. "But I also want the master plan. Maybe we will have to give up something." Ogg warned that eliminating free Friday "can't be a surprise to our patrons." "How we package that and explain why we may need to do that is critical," he said. The board voted to have the fair staff study ways of altering free Friday and to report in June. Denny Stoecklein, assistant general manager of the fair, told the board a lawsuit filed against the fair alleges grandstand seating doesn't meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The suit was filed by Wichita attorney David Calvert on behalf of Mandy Chaffin, a Wichita resident who is confined to a wheelchair Calvert said the current practice of "clustering" patron's in wheelchairs on a platform in front of the stage violates ADA requirements. Calvert said Chaffin wants the fair to put more seats in different locations for patrons in wheelchairs. She also is seeking unspecified financial damages, he said. The board recommended that Gov. Bill Graves extend Ogg's contract for another year with a 5 percent increase bringing his pay to $77,175. Robba Moran of Hays, wife of U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., was seated as a board member, succeeding Glenna Rindt. The board agreed to seek nominations for a new board member' to fill out the unex­ pired term of Dave Hubert, who resigned because of time constraints. Gov. Graves will .make the selection. The fair is negotiating with the pop music group Destiny's Child to perform as the headline grandstand act at this year's fair. Shaggy, a Grammy-winning reggae and pop star, has been signed to perform at the grandstand May 27. The only grandstand shows for the fair announced so far are the Statler Brothers on Sept. 12 and country singers Lee Ann Womack and Keith Urban, who will perform Sept. 14. The fair runs Sept. 7 to 17. 23 Years in Business AjVIILeSTON£- chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 SEALY POSTUREPEDIC MATTRESSES* SHOCKEY& LANDES <(jpurnitureandgift 91 324 N. 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