Metro’s Board of Fair Commissioners has organized a special meeting next week to deliberate and likely vote on a proposal to raise fees that are charged to vendors who use the property’s expo center.
The meeting is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 30, at noon.
Buck Dozier, executive director of the Tennessee State Fair, said he expects the five-member board to vote on a recommendation that would amount to “generally” an average $10 hike on the rates paid by flea market vendors. Fees are applied each flea market weekend.
“There’s no one percentage,” he said. “It’s different for different buildings.”
Dozier said the increase would apply only to 2012, with rates for future years decided as they come. Currently, fees range from $45 to $85, he said.
Under the likely recommendation to the board, Dozier said the fair’s corporate sales events — events such as gun shows, Christmas Village, etc. — would have a $75 average increase.
With the fee increase, Dozier has said the fairgrounds would still be providing the most affordable expo space in the city.
Earlier this year, the board tapped Virginia-based Maximus Inc. to study the fairgrounds’ expo center fee structure. Representatives of the company are to make a presentation to the five-member board at the meeting.