After more than 165 years, the future of the Beaverton Fall Fair is in jeopardy.
Organizers say the event has been running a deficit over the last few years and there’s the possibility it could be cancelled in 2019 unless the community rallies.
“Due to the steady decline in attendance and community support for the last few years, we’re having trouble keeping the fair going. A big part of it was the cancellation of our midway, which we did not have any control over,” said Arlene Thompson, president of the fair board.
A letter will be sent out next week to current and former members of the organization to bring them up to speed, along with a plea for support.
“We’re hoping that perhaps the community can pull together and continue the fair,” Thompson said.
Only a handful of executive members have agreed to continue – those that will not be back stepped away for personal reasons, Thompson noted – and volunteers are desperately needed.
“We’re not getting enough support from the community. It’s upsetting,” added Terry Clayton, one of the directors of the fair board.
“We’d all hate to see 165 years of history go down the drain but we need help.”
The fair board is set to host its Annual General Meeting on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Beaverton-Thorah Community Center and is encouraging new volunteers to step forward.
For more information, contact the board through EMAIL.