Head of the Lakes Fair Location Could be Moved Within Two Years

By KBJR News 1

August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - While organizers say they expect the Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior will continue entertaining crowds, it will likely have to relocate to make way for Kestrel Aircraft next year.

The future location of the fair is uncertain.

It is at this point. The president of the Head of the Lakes Management Group Joe Stariha says next year the fair may have to be rearranged or shifted over on the property, depending on where lines are drawn for Kestrel's production facility.

Kestrel Aircraft is planning to set up shop on part of the fair grounds near Tower Avenue.

The Head of the Lakes president says the horse arena and midway may have to be moved over next year, and in 2014, the fair may have to be held in a new location all together, if Kestrel needs the space.

He says the Amsoil Speedway racetrack, on the other hand, should be able to remain in place for the long-term.

While location could be an issue, there's also the question of the future of the fair board which the Head of the Lakes Management Group oversees.

"It's possible that the Head of the Lakes Fair board, which operates the fair for the Head of the Lakes Management group, may be dismantling and we're having a meeting in about three weeks on that, so there's been nothing officially said there. There's nothing official will that," said Joe Stariha, the president of the Head of the Lakes Management Group LLC.

He says, since it's the management group that has the contract to run the fair with the county, the management group can simply find a new team to operate the fair in the future.

Stariha says many of the current fair board members are volunteers that have been there for decades and are ready to move on.

He says it could be a good thing to have new people with fresh ideas running the fair.

Stariha said the relationship between the management group and Kestrel is good, and Kestrel has been working with them to make sure there is a smooth transition.

He says he wants to see Kestrel expand and bring in as many jobs as possible to the area.

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