A Miami-based company that sponsors concerts and stage shows called Life in Color will bring its production to the Douglas County Fairgrounds on April 26.
Douglas County commissioners approved a contract Wednesday that allows the company to use the carnival area of the fairgrounds for an event that's expected to draw as many as 6,000 people.
According to information on the company's website, Life in Color events began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida and have since grown in popularity in the U.S. and around the world. The events, billed as the "World's Largest Paint Party," feature DJs, aerial acts, stilt walkers, contortion acts, fire shows, as well as cannons that deliver a "paint blast" on the audience.
The contract calls for the Douglas County Fair Board to receive $2 from the sale price of each ticket. In addition, the Douglas County 4-H Foundation will receive 100 percent of the concession fee and 20 percent of the merchandise fee.
Bill Bell, the county's maintenance director, said the company will assume all responsibility for cleaning up the facility after the event. Bell said he had contacted other cities where Life in Color events were staged and the events were successful, and was told the company does a good job cleaning up and protecting the venues from damage.
In other business Wednesday, commissioners met for about 30 minutes in closed-door executive session to discuss the possible acquisition of real estate. No action was taken after the executive session.