The business of the fair

Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

After receiving three separate Letters to the Editor the past several weeks concerning the Motley Crue concert at the Great Jones County Fair, I didn’t think I had much to say on the matter because I worked in the beer tent that evening and never had the chance to pay much attention to the concert. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion…

I’m not a heavy metal music fan. I prefer rockin’ country music to almost any other genre of music. Never the less, I know who Motley Crue is; I’ve heard their music, and know how they put themselves out there.

When the Monticello Express announced that Motley Crue was coming to the fair in early March, I interviewed Fair Manager John Harms on the matter. He informed me that fairgoers were going to be in for an entertaining show. And that, they were.

People were excited to know that OUR fair was bringing a big rock legend band like Motley Crue to town. Keep in mind, the GJCF is not just for Jones County. Fairgoers come from all over the country to follow these entertainers. Where can you go to see Motley Crue for $45 up close and personal? (Track tickets sold for $45.) Any other arena and you would be paying big bucks.

Some people felt this concert was not a family friendly event, as the fair is supposed to be. The use of foul language and gestures was not appropriate for some.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions. That’s what the Opinion page is all about. Their thoughts and comments on this subject are published like everyone else’s.

If you attended the Keith Urban concert Saturday night, he used a few choice words himself. I was in front of the stage, so it was quite clear what Urban said a few times during his concert. No complaints there.

Anyone who knows of Motley Crue should know that their concerts are not family events. They are going to use profanity and for their fans, it’s expected.

While I don’t know if the GJCF has the musical acts sign a clause forbidding them to use foul language, to some entertainers, they just don’t care. They will hit the stage and perform like it’s nobody’s business.

If you wanted a family friendly night of the fair this year, Sunday evening’s TobyMac performance was all the rage (no pun intended). I heard so many positive comments and feedback from concertgoers that night that I hope the fair board takes everything into consideration and will continue with great Christian rock music again in the future. It also helped that a former Monticello graduate, Tim Rosenau, was on stage.

Both Thursday and Saturday night’s country music concerts were amazing as well! Seven hours of standing line to be front and center was absolutely worth it! I could barely walk the next day, but I’m definitely not complaining. Little Big Town and Keith Urban were once in a lifetime opportunities.

I don’t condone the use of foul language, much less at a public arena such as the fair. It’s a sad fact, but if you go anywhere these days, you can’t escape improper bevaior.

I’m sure the fair board will take everyone’s thoughts, comments and concerns into consideration when booking entertainment for upcoming fairs.