As the chapter closes on the 2008 Delaware County Fair, it remains uncertain who will lead its organization and management in 2009.

As the chapter closes on the 2008 Delaware County Fair, it remains uncertain who will lead its organization and management in 2009.

While Delaware County Fair Board members last week continued to tabulate revenue and attendance figures for the recently concluded 175th annual event, eyes turned toward next year.

The fair's Web site, www.delawarecountyfair.com, last week urged prospective fairgoers to set plans for the 2009 installment.

In the coming months, the fair board intends to develop a long-range plan for the fair, as well as appoint a full-time fair manager. The position was left vacant earlier this year after Gary Must, fair manager since 2003, retired. This year, the fair was managed by interim-manager Phil Terry, who first volunteered at the fair 40 years ago by directing traffic and has since filled various fair board positions.

When asked last Wednesday about the fair's future direction and its manager post, Terry declined comment.

"I'll defer to Chip Hastings on that one," Terry said.

Kent "Chip" Hastings is president of the Delaware County Fair Board. He said the matter of future fair leadership remains unresolved.

"We haven't decided," he said. "We've just finished our fair and efforts over the last two months were to get ready for and get through the fair."

Hastings said fair board members will plot a course with respect to the fair manager as 2008 progresses. "No. 1, we need to find out if Mr. Terry would like to remain as fair manager," Hastings said. "If he's unwilling or unable due to other obligations, we'll have to look at our options."