The original bylaw held that all users of the name be responsible for paying the fee, though committee member Cindy Mitchell held that only groups profiting from the name should be responsible for the fee. Those providing pro-bono services and free attractions would not be expected to pay.
Melissa Noel, of the committee, said, “It is not fair to the groups and individuals we sell booths to if other groups can hold pageants or canoe races for instance, with entry fees or make money and not have to pay.”
Fowler said that the name “Trigg County Country Ham Festival” had not been trademarked, but was incorporated. She did not feel other entities could use the name.
The committee agreed to not assess the fee for free services and attractions.
Mitchell also introduced a design for a bag that will be offered for sale for the cost of $1 to the public. She is looking for several sponsors for the bag, having received a commitment from the City of Cadiz, and promises of consideration from the Trigg County Fiscal Court and the Trigg County Extension Service.
The bag could also be purchased as part of a package, containing a booklet about the Ham Festival, a commemorative Christmas ornament and a T-shirt for $20.
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