GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A financial turnaround appears to have gotten the fairgrounds in Josephine County out of a jam that threatened its future.

Last fall, the county commissioners said they wouldn't put any more general fund money into the fairgrounds: Either the operation would become self-sustaining, or the fairgrounds would close.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports ( ) that the books on the fiscal year recently closed, and the fairgrounds is more than $100,000 in the black.

Operating costs are about $625,000 a year.

The brighter financial picture is attributed to increased rental fees, grants, a fundraising drive and donations from groups.


Information from: Daily Courier,