The chairman of the State Fair Board said he has not received a copy of a letter from a Weber County official offering to hold the fair in that county but said he would present the letter to the state board when it is received.
William R. Shaw, who also is chairman of the state Fairpark Task Force, which is studying the future of the State Fair and of Fairpark facilities, said he is obligated to pass on a letter sent by Weber County Commission Chairman Spencer F. Stokes.The State Fair Board's next meeting is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Fairpark administration building, 155 N. 1000 West.
Stokes, who is also chairman of the Weber County Fair Board, wrote Gov. Mike Leavitt, saying Weber County has ideal facilities and an experienced fair management team. Stokes told the Deseret News that he also spoke with the governor about the matter during the governor's recent visit in Ogden.
Shaw said he would present a copy of Stokes' letter to the board but questions "whether the Ogden area or Weber County could handle the immense size of the State Fair."
Through the years a number of proposals have been made to move the State Fair to other locations, including the former Salt Palace and Lagoon.
Following a July 29 meeting of the State Fair Board, Shaw emphasized that, contrary to reports reaching State Fair officials, the 1994 State Fair will definitely be held. He said the fair, for which planning has been under way for many months, is scheduled Sept. 8-18 and will be "bigger and better than ever before."
Shaw said the task force has met three times in recent months and will meet several more times before beginning to make decisions on the future of the fair and the Fairpark. Shaw said he personally believes the 1995 State Fair also will be held at its present location at 1000 West and North Temple in Salt Lake City.