Renting out the Coweta County Fairgrounds for an event is about to get more expensive – especially if you want to use the kitchen.
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved increases in the rental rates, which take effect Oct. 1. They also added a rental fee for use of the pavilion at the Jim McGuffey Nature Center, which previously could be reserved for free.
The commissioners also voted to discontinue allowing the community room at Fire Station 16, Dresden, to be rented out due to a lack of interest and use of the room by Coweta Fire Rescue, according to an issue paper submitted by Event Services Director Tray Baggarly.
Rental of the various rooms at the fairgrounds will go up by $200, as will the midway. The entire room at the fairgrounds will now be $1,200 for out-of-county and for-profit use. The room can be divided into a larger room for $1,000 or the smaller room for $800.
Coweta residents having events or local nonprofits receive a 50 percent discount off rental rates, though all renters must pay the same deposit.
The midway rental rate goes from $1,000 to $1,200.
The kitchen use rates are not discounted for county residents or nonprofits. Full use of the commercial kitchen will go from $500 to $1,000, and setup only use of the kitchen will go from $200 to $500. The kitchen is usually used by catering companies.
Those renting the fairgrounds facilities get to use a small prep area, ice machine, and coffee maker without renting the kitchen.
According to Baggarly, the changes at the fairgrounds relate to the cost to operate the facilities and the rates of similar rental space in the area.
The commissioners also approved a change in the rental rate at the Powell Expo Center, located at the Temple Avenue complex.
The current rental rate is $300 for up to eight hours. It will change to $200 for up to four hours, with $50 per additional hour. That brings the rate in line with the rates for the county’s community centers.
As with the fairgrounds and other facilities, nonprofits and county residents receive a 50 percent discount on the rental rate.