An event that has been part of Cuba City history for many years will continue in 2012, however, with a much different look. The Cuba City Chamber of Commerce met last Tuesday evening to discuss the future of the Cuba City Community Fair, Picnic, Parade, Fireworks and truck and tractor pull. Formerly the three-day event was held the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Father's Day weekend and this year's event will be held just on Friday and Saturday.
Mike Lisle, Cuba City Chamber of Commerce President wanted to acknowledge the hard work in the past done by the former committee. "We are here today to continue that," Lisle said. "Essentially the fair and picnic dissolved and we are here to start from scratch."
Lisle said the chamber will assume the leadership for the events. "What we do know is there will be the truck and tractor pulls," Lisle said. "Those events will be held, regardless, on Friday and Saturday nights. We as the Chamber have stepped up and said we will work around those events."
Steve Brogley, the organizer of the two pulls said what is needed is manpower. "We need four to six volunteers to help with gates, tickets, putting up and taking down the fencing," Brogley said. The need for manpower to make this year's event a go was a point made several times during the meeting.
With an overwhelming showing of Chamber members at the meeting, there was a lot of suggestions and hope for this year's event to come to fruition, however, how to proceed with funds is another issue. Currently the Chamber will need to come up with an additional $2,200 to have a base of $10,000 to operate the event. "The fair and picnic committee will take all the revenue from the ticket sales and 50% of the net sales from the picnic/fair," Lisle said. "After all the bills are paid and the seed money is established for the next year, any profit above will be redistributed to the organizations who help. We have to establish the seed money at the end of each event in order to make the next year's event possible."
So far, the Chamber has commitments from organizations and community residents to organize a 5k walk/run, parade, St. Rose youth group breakfast, Lions club dinner, Bingo, a band on Saturday night and a youth ball tournament. Lisle stressed those activities will need to have some sort of continuity for the day. "We can't have a parade with nothing following it to keep the people at the park," Lisle said. " The chamber is willing to take the leadership role, but we are looking for organizations to take on other aspects of the two-day event."
The Chamber is researching the pros and cons of having a carnival versus the inflatable activities similar to last year's event. "This all sounds good as long as Mother Nature cooperates," Brogley said. "When we talk about inflatables, will they take them down early b/c weather is threatening."
The Chamber asked all organizations and vendors to submit a contract by Tuesday, Jan. 10 of what food they are selling and what activity they are committed to helping with. The Chamber met Tuesday night to discuss the contracts and where to go with the activities for this year's event. Anyone who hasn't attended a Chamber meeting and would like to help or sell food at this years event is asked to contact any Chamber member as soon as possible.