Youth Fair rodeo nets record profits

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The recently concluded three-day Vernon County Youth Fair Rodeo was a smashing success, as the fundraiser event netted record profits.

With all ticket (profit) proceeds going to next month's week-long Youth Fair, the rodeo grossed $31,833, with a total net profit-margin of $13,362. Additionally, a half-dozen rodeo royalty candidates racked a combined $9,980 in pre-ticket sales. According to Vernon County Fair Board treasurer Ranae Luther, those are record totals for the annual rodeo.

"I was very pleased with the results," Luther told the Daily Mail.

VCYF Fair Board president Nathan Forkner concurred with Luther.

"I thought it went excellent," Forkner said. "The community really came out and supported it, and was probably the best event we've ever had."

The event also featured a record number of rodeo contestant entrants, with that number checking in north of 500.

"Record entrants, record attendance, and record profit made by the Fair Board," summed up Forkner.

Forkner discussed how the money will be utilized moving forward.

"Since we made more money than we thought we would, we're kind of shifting a little bit on what we're thinking of doing with the money," he said, explaining that the bulk of the money will potentially be spent on improvements for the rodeo-arena facility, originally constructed in the 1960's. Additionally, Forkner said some of the revenue will be spent on further upgrades to the diner.

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