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State Fair golf cart policy under review: Board says new policy must create safer environment for pedestrians

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

HURON — The South Dakota State Fair Commission met on Tuesday and again one of the main topics was creating a new golf cart policy. Fair Manager Jerome Hertel presented a list of suggestions, which included requiring that all golf carts be rented on the grounds, restricting the areas where the golf carts are allowed, hiring additional security to enforce golf cart rules and increasing the number of courtesy carts available.

After an extended discussion, the board still hadn’t come to a consensus on which changes to include. Some members disagreed with the suggestions presented, but the final outcome was that the commission voted to let Hertel decide on the specifics, so long as the new policy creates a safer environment for pedestrians on the fairgrounds.

The board also elected two officers, including Warren Lotsberg to continue the position of chairman and Dusty Anderson to a new position as vice chairman. The board also accepted the resignation of former vice chairman Brett Blasius, of Wall.

“I was appointed to this position by Governor Rounds in 2003,” said Blasius. “And I’ve enjoyed my time here, but it’s now time for me to step aside and allow someone else the opportunity.”

The S.D. State Fair has submitted a proposal for Huron to become the site of the National Junior High Rodeo Finals. Candi Hetttinger, State Fair marketing coordinator, and Peggy Woolridge, Executive Director of the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau will be travelling to Dallas on Jan. 24 to present the proposal in hopes of making Huron the site for the 2016 and 2017 NJHRF.

Hertel also discussed the two bills pertaining to the State Fair that are being considered by the S.D. State Legislature. “Senate Bill 18 and Senate Bill 19 are the bills we have out there now,” said Hertel.

Hertel explained that SB18 is an act to authorize the S.D. Dept. of Ag to construct a new 4-H exhibit hall and SB19 is the act to authorize the S.D. Dept. of Ag to construct the inmate-housing unit in Huron and appropriate $100,000 in other fund expenditure authority.

Joni Kiple, vendor coordinator, gave a report on vending. “Everything seems to be growing with our vendors,” she said. “It’s really a positive note; we just hope to keep growing every year.”

Shelley Noonan, camping coordinator, said the camping packets will be mailed out on Friday, and the deadline to pay for campsites will be March 31.

The next meeting of the State Fair Commission is slated for Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. in the State Fair Administration Building. Meetings are open to the public.

For the complete article see the 01-16-2013 issue.

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