January 8, 2021
Dear BCYF volunteers, past exhibitor and visitors,
As 2020 came to a close and we reflected on the wild ride we all have had in 2020 – we are hopeful that 2021 will be better and our 75th Berrien County Youth Fair will be held August 16-21, 2021.
Challenges, thinking outside of the box, uncertainty, zoom meetings and perseverance are new life lessons we have learned this past year even as adults dedicated to BCYF. Our mission and focus continues to be the Youth of Berrien County – “Building the Character of the Community by Developing the Character of our Youth”.
This year, we did not have any gate admission or concession revenue or commercial booth revenue or grandstand revenue and only several grounds rental events to create revenue. Our fiscal year revenue was less than 25% compared to 2019. We hated to postpone our 75th Anniversary BCYF Celebration, but to keep everyone safe and healthy, we did. We have reduced office and grounds staff and office hours to reduce costs. We have accomplished grounds projects with the help of our fair family – thanks so much.
We did have three very successfully Fair Food Drive Thru events – we appreciate everyone who attended to get their Korn Dog or Pretzel or Steak Tip fix. We have received several donations throughout the past months with a note that says – just because.
We need your help – please make a donation at https://bcyf.us/product-category/donations/ – a secure online donation. With your help, we will continue to provide a place for nearly 2,000 Berrien County youth to grow.
Corey Burks, President
Karen M. Klug, Secretary & Fair Manager