Fair Gives Back to the Community
The South Plains Fair is very traditional like all fairs. The tradition of a fair is part of the basic fiber of its existence. Tradition is one of the industry's important assets. It has animal competition, commercial vendors, entertainment, carnival rides and food concessionaires. It is in the area of food concessionaires where the South Plains Fair differs quite dramatically from the traditional fair model.
Food concessions usually have a two- fold role at fairgrounds. They are a substantial source of revenue and provide many different eating options for the fair attendee. The South Plains Fair is very different. A number of years ago the fair began the process of eliminating the professional concession operations and embarked on the implementation of a policy that restricts food concessions to qualified 501 (c) organizations. In addition the fees charged the various food concessions are structured to just cover the fair's costs since the food concessionaires receive admission passes that equal the contract privilege fees they pay.
Our food operations utilizing volunteer labor and in some cases donations from the local community are able to maximize their bottom line profits. This unique food concessions policy results in substantial dollars flowing back into the community through the not for profit groups. It is estimated that in excess of $750,000 goes directly into the community as a result of this unique opportunity. This money helps to support youth science education, support organizations for parents of children with disabilities, youth ministry programs and youth sports programs to mention a few. While the fair does not contribute this money directly its policy provides this unique opportunity. The fair is very committed to continuing this policy for the betterment of our community.
In addition, the Panhandle South Plains Fair has donated in excess of $500,000 in scholarships at Texas Tech, South Plains College, West Texas College, Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock County 4H, and Lubbock Christian University. Also, over $100,000 is awarded annually for livestock and agricultural competition.