Officials seek a boost in use of fairgrounds

By John L. Braese
The Enterprise
ONTARIO – The use of the county’s fairgrounds has grown, but the fair is still considering how to bring people in aside from fair week.
“We are constantly working on letting people know the fair grounds are available year around, not just one week in August,” said Lynelle Christiani, fair manager. “We are not the fair, we are the fair grounds.”
Christiani told the Malheur County Court last week that she has been considering how the fairgrounds might partner with a local non-profit to open the door for additional funding.
“We are not non-profit and can’t qualify for a lot of grants,” Christiani said. “Gustavo Morales, representing Euvalcree in Ontario, has been renting out the arena for a number of Mexican rodeos. He came to me and asked to partner with the fair in hopes of getting grants to . . .