SUMMITVILLE — The Summitville Country Fair, which has been held the last week of June for the past four years, has been canceled this year.
Dee Amos, one of the coordinators for the fair, said the decision to cancel the fair was made in March by the Summitville Main Street Commission but not made public until earlier this week.
The decision came after a carnival group could not be retained to provide rides and entertainment for the fair's visitors. Amos said the wait to make the announcement public stemmed from the commission trying to get another carnival to provide rides. Ultimately, that proved too costly.
Amos said Funtime Carnival, the group that usually provides rides for the fair, didn't make enough money to profit on the 2013 fair. Not being able to host a fair at Gas City this year made the profit margin for Funtime Carnival even tighter, Amos said.
"Funtime's director decided, instead of taking a risk to come here, it would be better to go somewhere else," Amos said. "We really tried to get another carnival group, but insurance is so costly it just wasn't feasible."
Amos said it is also difficult to compete against 4-H fairs, which tend to draw a much larger crowd than local efforts.
Even though the fair was canceled for this year, Amos said this doesn't necessarily mean this is a permanent end to the country fair.
"We're taking this year to regroup and re-examine what this fair should be," Amos said. "We are going to try again next year."
Amos said the main street group felt the fair was important to Summitville as a community event that could bring residents together and wants to keep that going.
"We may look at several alternative options for the fair," Amos said. "Including a fair that isn't as centered around rides."