By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – The Houston County Fair Association met on Wednesday, July 12 to discuss the 2017 Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and possible changes to the 2018 event.

The meeting was opened by HCFA President Scott Moore who yielded the floor to Secretary Beverly Moore for a reading of the previous meeting’s minutes and an update on the association’s finances.

B. Moore reported the 2017 sale income due to the HCFA was in the amount of $4,925 and there still remained a balance of $310 from the 2016 event. A certified letter has been sent to the organization which owes the debt from 2016.

“That’s still not bad – being only $5,000 out – at this time,” S. Moore commented. “It’s actually really good.”

As the meeting continued, B. Moore reported the HCFA had received several thank you notes for the association’s work during the 2016 fair.

“Thank you for all the hard work that was put into this year’s Houston County Fair – just for making it possible for kids to have a great showing experience. This is my first year and I look forward to many more years to come,” the secretary read.

Thank you notes were also read from scholarship recipients Grant Brannen and Cayleigh Moore.

The next item of business concerned the dates of the 2018 fair. B. Moore said during the May meeting, HCFA members had voted to move the week-long event from its normal start of the first full week in April to accommodate STAAR testing in the area schools.

“Since then, they (the Texas Education Association) has changed the dates (of the STAAR test) again and now they fall – you guessed it – during fair week,” B. Moore said.

Following several minutes of discussion about the TEA’s arbitrary movement of the STAAR testing dates, it was decided to move the fair dates back to the original timeframe of the first full week of April.

Before the meeting adjourned, HCFA member Jack Patton said because of the growth in the number of bovine entries, an issue of overcrowding with Ag-Mech show had developed.

He suggested moving the Ag-Mech entries inside to the Crockett Civic Center. Safety and security issues for the participants – as well as the projects – were discussed but no action was taken on the matter.

The next meeting of the HCFA will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Houston County Electric Co-Op Meeting Room.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.