MIAMI, Okla. —
The Miami City Council agreed Tuesday night to waive $500 in non-refundable fees for utilities and other costs associated with using the Ottawa County Fairgrounds for the Oklahoma Junior Boer Goat Association’s (OJBGA) platinum series show.
Association President Evie Gates asked council members to waive fees in lieu of the business that she said the show on April 11-13 will bring the community, including hotel and restaurant traffic. Gates said that the livestock show will feature more than 100 participants, which could bring families from throughout the Midwest to Miami.
“We will bring in people from Texas, New Mexico, in addition to people from throughout the Four States region,” Gates said. “They will book hotels here, they will spend money in our businesses. Our organization breaks even on this, but the opportunity for the city is much higher.”
Gates initially asked council members to waive the entire $2,000 in fees associated with using the fairgrounds. The council did not waive the $500 reservation deposit, nor the $1,000 cleaning deposit that is required to rent the property. However, those fees could be returned in full to the association after the event if requirements set by the city are met.
Gates said that the group wants to use the fairgrounds due to its proximity to Interstate 44.
“This is the facility we have had our eyes on for quite some time because of the location,” Gates said. “Now that we have somewhere to hold this, I can see this turning into an annual event that is hosted here in Miami, which be beneficial to us both.”
Mayor Rudy Schultz said that the council’s vote to waive the fees was influenced by the fact that the group is a not-for-profit organization.
“Miami has a long agricultural history and this event will represent that in addition to bringing travelers to our city,” Schultz said. “This is an opportunity for regional groups like this association to continue that history.”
The Boer goat is a breed developed in South Africa for its meat. It has a rapid growth rate and is adaptable to many different environments. “Boer” is a Dutch word meaning “farmer.”
Source: American Boer Goat Assocation