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Fair Board Returns Contract To Low Bidder

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There's another change to the state fair.

On Tuesday, the fair board gave the contract to run the state fair back to the organization they had just taken it away from.

It's the same organization that offered to pay the city five times less than the other bidders.

The change of heart came about because the fair board had serious trust issues with the group, Delta Ag-Business, it had awarded the contract to.

Delta Ag-Business of Memphis was required to be a nonprofit to get the contract to put on the state fair.

Their paperwork wasn't in order until Tuesday morning.  Delta Ag-Business also had a lot of trouble explaining why it listed board members who had never agreed to serve.

The fair board was in an awkward situation because it had given the contract to a group it now didn't trust.

Should they give the contract back to the other group, Tennessee State Fair Association, even though it had offered to pay the city five times less and refused to negotiate?

In the end, the board gave the contract back to the TSFA, even though that group offered less money, had officially disbanded when they lost the contract and had admitted they were more interested in protecting the future of the state fair than the fairgrounds itself.

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