The Scott County Fairgrounds has spaces available for you to rent to store your RV, Boat, or anything else you want to keep safe and dry during the harsh Winter months. For more information call ROY BINKLEY at 812-595-0971.
The Scott County Indiana Fairgounds is currently accepting applications for the position of Caretaker. Job details and application are available below.
Welcome to scottcountyfairgrounds.com. This website has been created to be a great resource for information about The Scott County Indiana Fairgrounds and what it has to offer during Fair Week for Fair Goers, Fair Vendors, and Booth Renters. And if you are needing a venue to host your event we want you to consider using our facilities. We are at your service no matter how big or small your event needs may be. On our Facilities page you will find extensive photos and detailed information on everything from our Grandstand Area to the numerous buildings we have available.
We will also be featuring scores of photos, and video footage of all the goings on at The Scott County Indiana Fairgrounds throughout the year.
The Fair began in 1888, when the first event was held just east of North Main Street north of its intersection with Owen Street in Scottsburg.
If was later moved to another site, where Scottsburg's Forest Park Addition is now located. In the 1920's, the County Fair was dropped from the schedule of local events. On August 11, 1949, the Scott County Fair was revived, over 30 years after the last one had been held. This time, its site was Hutton's Park, the present location of the Fairgrounds.
Elmer Hutton had purchased 42 acres of what was described as "...rough, virgin land" bordering on U.S. Highway 31 South a mile of south of Scottsburg in the early 1940's. After clearing some of the property, he built a riding stable called the Hitching Post and started his business of boarding, training, showing and selling horses.
In 1945, Hutton constructed a 1,100 seat grandstand and graded the track. He organized a 17-event horse show that September, which drew several people. At the end of the month, the Hitching Post had undergone a name change and the entire area became known as Hutton's Park.
Hutton and his wife Lucille operated their park with the public's enjoyment in mind. It featured a fairly elaborate judging stand, a concession stand, and a barn for registered quarter horses and palominos. The animals were trained on the premises and then sold.
Midget car races also drew large crowds to Hutton's Park that November, as did more horse shows, rodeos, and big car races over the late 1940s. The 1949 county fair spurred the start of a "Save The County Fair" campaign, which was then supported by the newly-established Scott County Fair Association.
Supporters sold $25 shares, promising that the investments would be repaid if future fairs succeeded financially. Hutton was one of the biggest boosters behind the campaign, but the largest stumbling block the fledgling organization faced was the need to construct more facilities. The Fair Association could not build at Hutton's Park because it was privately owned.
Although fairs were held on a regular basis after that, growth was stymied until 1952. That was the year Hutton deeded his park to the new Scott County Agricultural and Horticultural Association for about $20,000. He continued to promote events on the grounds until his death in 1962.
SCOTT COUNTY FAIRGOUNDS CARETAKER JOB/WORK DESCRIPTION AND AGREEMENT
The positon shall be called “CARETAKER” of the Scott County Fairgrounds and that person will be responsible to the Fair Board or its designated person/persons.
1. SECURITY - It shall be the job of the caretaker to provide security on the fairgrounds.
- The Caretaker will investigate any suspicious activities on the grounds by personally checking on the activities and/or contacting local law enforcement agencies except during Fair time and at races. The Fair Board and the track promoter will provide security at such times.
- All exterior gates are to be locked except in times of fairground activities and functions.
- The Caretaker will work with the Fair Board members to provide suitable and safe entrance into and out of the fairgrounds by opening and closing certain gates.
2. PUBLIC RELATIONS - The caretaker must realize he/she is representing the Fair Board.
- The caretaker will deal with public in a courteous and polite matter.
- All dealings will be handled in a positive matter.
- In any negative situations, the caretaker will handle the matter firm and tactful matter in which they feel would best support the interests of the Fair Board.
- In any and all disputes the caretaker is to remain positive and a final decision will be forth coming from the Fair Board President or a designated committee.
- All language and behavior shall be maintained at the highest level of respect to the public and the Fair Board.
- The caretaker will willingly open buildings for the Fair Board members or their committees in preparation of the fair or fair related project per a telephone call.
3. CARE OF THE GROUNDS - The caretaker will have the responsibility for carrying out the projects of the Fair Board.
- He/she will continuous visual inspections and periodical disposal of waste on the Fair Grounds, and report any negative findings.
- Mowing of the Fair Grounds will be the responsibility of the Caretaker.
- General maintenance of the Fair Ground mowing equipment will be the responsibility of the Caretaker. Fuel will be provided by the Fair Board plus any lubricants and other materials needed to maintain the mowing equipment. Concerning major repairs, the Caretaker will inform the Fair Board and they will determine needed repairs, which will be paid by the Fair Board.
- Weed control spraying will be the responsibility of the Caretaker, with Chemicals and equipment be provided by the Fair Board.
- Winterization of the restrooms and facilities will be the responsibility of the Caretaker.
4. Caretaker will perform such tasks as needed to help the public and the Fair Board.
5. General - Fair Board will respect your needs and privacy at all times.
- There may be some inconveniences during Fair time and during fairground events, however the Fair Board will work with Caretaker.
- He/she are responsible to the Fair Board. If a conflict arises with a Fair Board member, you are to react in a positive matter and report the incident to the Fair Board President or a designated committee.
- Caretaker may use a fair grounds building approved by the Fair Board President or a designated committee for the storage of personal items. These items are to be stored in an orderly matter and hidden from view of the public. Care should be taken as to not damage the floors or the interior of the building.
- In reference to unexpected situations, the Fair Board asks for and expects your co-operation.
- Caretaker will keep their home, yard area, and surroundings orderly and neat to the public eye.
6. Acceptance - As “Caretaker” of the Scott County Fair Grounds you will be provided a mobile home to live in.
- General maintenance of mobile home will be the responsibility of the Fair Board, damages the responsibility of the Caretaker.
- Fair Board will pay a maximum of $300.00 per month for electricity used in the Caretakers home.
- Water and sewer will be provided to the Caretakers home.
JOHN McNEELY - PRESIDENT: 812-595-2451 - FARMERJOHNM@PEOPLEPC.COM
JEFF BROADY - VICE PRESIDENT: 812-498-4899 - JEFFBROADY@YAHOO.COM
SUE SMITH - TREASURER: 812-820-0673 - NEENEESUE1@HOTMAIL.COM
CODY SMITH - SECRETARY: 812.595.2693 - CODY.SMITH387MX@GMAIL.COM
ROY BINKLEY: 812-595-0971 - ROYBINKLEY@YAHOO.COM
JACOB CARROLL: 502-641-0199 - JCARROLL0053@GMAIL.COM
TAMMY DAVIS: 812-820-0727 - TDAVIS@SCSD2.K12.IN.US
TERRI DAVIS: 812-820-2932 - TDAVIS@DNR.GOV
FRANK DAWSON: 812-595-0905 - FDAWSON@APMC.COM
ADAM GASSER: 812-820-6026 - ADAMGASSER08@HOTMAIL.COM
TODD RICHEY: 812-525-6099 - CHERRYHILLCATTLE@GMAIL.COM
TONIA RICHEY: 812-820-0367 - DERREGIRL03@FRONTIER.COM