The dates for the 40th annual Vandalia Area Fair have been set for July 7-8-9, 2016.
The Fair will return to the fairgrounds after being held uptown after last year’s rain amounts. After much discussion and searching for a cheaper carnival, the Vandalia Area Fair Association board has decided not to have a carnival in 2016.
Sadly, the cost to signing a carnival would cost $12,000. Last year, when the Fair was held uptown with no admission cost, wristbands only brought in $7,000.
“It was either cancel the carnival or raise gate admissions to cover the raising cost,” said Vandalia Fair Board member Kelly Mink. “We feel that admission rates needed to be lower so that families can come out and enjoy the fair. We will offer inflatable entertainment, unlimited rides with paid admission.”
The Fair will offer old events and add some new events in 2016 such as the kids Power Wheel Derby.
Entertainment already scheduled includes “Riverside” and “Contagious” on Friday evening, and “Push” on Saturday evening.
New senior and handicap parking spots will be available inside the Fair gates this year and a nightly dinner pass will be available for people wishing to come in to the fairgrounds to eat supper.
There will be no beer garden at the 2016 Fair but coolers will be allowed for an extra charge. Nightly admission has been reduced to $3 on Thursday, and $5 on Friday and Saturday, with 3 and under free admission. No information has been finalized as of press time in regards to season passes.
The final schedule should be announced and posted on the website vandaliaareafair.com within the next month. If you are interested in helping with the Fair, please contact a board member or attend a meeting held on the fourth Thursday of the month at the fairgrounds.
Fair board members personally donated $250 towards the 1st annual Van-Far scholarship in the name of the Vandalia Area Fair.
No funds from the Fair account were used for this scholarship. Van-Far senior Layten McMillen was awarded the scholarship for 2016.