The editorial published May 23 by the Salt Lake Tribune made a conclusion we disagree with; the editorial states "But the fair needs a new home, preferably one it can share with other functions ..." We have a home and do share it with other functions throughout the year. The Utah State Fair's home for over 110 years is the ideal location for the annual September event. The fair's location in the heart of our capital city on North Temple makes it the best location one could place the state fair.
In reviewing the history of the Fairpark, the conclusion is easily made that the grounds have stagnated and fallen into disrepair over the past 30 years. The shell is here, but there has not been investment in the core of the property by the state in several decades. The Fairpark has had buildings condemned, torn down or never finished by the state. However, even with all those challenges, the property is ripe for investment to showcase Utah's largest single event and myriad other events throughout the year.
People are claiming that "there is a better use for this property." Their meaning is clear: Let us develop on the property and make a mountain of profits. The Utah State Fair and grounds have provided the citizens of Utah over 110 years of tradition, celebration, history, agricultural excellence and memories for Utah's residents. No group can place a price tag on the fair's history and contributions to the culture of our state. Opponents to the fair will do all they can to minimize the future potential of the fair and grounds. Those wishing to tear down the fairgrounds will compare the issue to relocation plans of the state prison in Draper. Business leaders angling to redevelop this property are simply looking for profitable deals on state-owned land and not concerned about the cultural loss.