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April 22, 2014

Commissioners discuss Coke, Pepsi for fairgrounds concession

DUNCAN — For the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center, the ultimate battle between Coke and Pepsi will come down to which product will benefit the fairgrounds most.

During Monday’s regular meeting, the Stephens County commissioners tabled the discussion of which soft drink company to go with for the fairgrounds concession. The item was tabled to look into Coke’s willingness to provide funds to help pay for a scoreboard for the fairgrounds. By tabling the item, the commissioners can look to see if such a project would have to be bided.

Although Coke is willing to front $25,000 for the scoreboard project, Pepsi will provide a rebate based on how much of the product the fairgrounds uses throughout the year.

“Basically, the price between Coke and Pepsi are the same,” Mike Anderson, fairgrounds director, said.

But there are a few things Anderson and the commissioners discussed pertaining to which company to select. Aside from the bonuses, the commissioners looked at contracts.

If the commissioners choose Coke, they will see the price go up by 4 percent every year, ending at about 40 percent over the course of 10 years.

“In 10 years, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen,” Anderson said. “They’re trying to protect themselves.”

Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner and board chairman, said although Coke has drawn a contract for 10 years, the contract would have to be approved every year by the commissioners.

Another item discussed was the products provided. Coke would be able to provide Dr. Pepper, which Anderson said is the most popular drink among concession patrons.

But in the end, it may come down to the scoreboard.

“Personally, I really like the Coke thing,” Bowen said. “A scoreboard would really help our building.”

Another item tabled for the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center was the purchase of a forklift. Because an exact cost couldn’t be provided to the commissioners, the item was tabled until the April 28 meeting.

Lonnie Estes, District 2 commissioner, said he and Anderson looked at a refurbished machine that costs about $8,000, but he plans to get an exact total to be approved at the next meeting. Anderson said there is a need for a small forklift to move wood shavings for livestock shows.

“We don’t need a new one,” Anderson said. “A new one costs $30,000/$40,000.”

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