New study reveals several options for Utah State Fair crisis

New study reveals several options for Utah State Fair crisis

"It's very important to me that we keep it in the Salt Lake area to keep people informed," said Senator David P. Hinkins, whose committee oversees the fairgrounds

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The future of the Utah's State Fair is still unresolved, but lawmakers are one step closer to making a decision. 

A new study by The Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) outlines several different ways the fair could go, including moving to a whole new place.

Salt Lake has been home to the annual event for more than 150 years.  Why?  The Utah Constitution specified that location up until 1988.  Now, the fairgrounds need updating, the Salt Lake lease is running out, and lawmakers have to decide what to do.

"I think it's very important to educate children—as well as probably some of the adults now that have not been to grandpa's farm and been raised on the farm—to be able to tell where food and fiber comes from.  It's very important to me that we keep it in the Salt Lake area to keep people informed," said Senator David P. Hinkins, whose committee oversees the fairgrounds

According to the study, it would cost about $33 million to keep the fair in Salt Lake over the next 20 years.  Another possibility is selling the current fairgrounds and moving the event from county to county.  Some say the best option is simply updating the site, but that would cost about $47 million, according to the research. 

Everyone seems to have an opinion, but ultimately, lawmakers will have the final say. 

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