The racetrack at the Cowley County
Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas is on property owned by the City of Winfield. Proposals for use of the racetrack had to be
brought before the Winfield city commission. In a precedent dating back
at least to the early 1950s, city commissioners restricted use of the race
track to the county fair board and local civic organizations wishing to
produce events as a means of raising funds for said organizations.
Proposals by individuals wishing to stage racing events on the racetrack were
routinely turned down.
While I have not learned what arrangement the Lions
club and Joe
Collins had with the City of
Winfield, I am somewhat familiar with the financial arrangements involving
the City of Winfield; Spencer - Yarbrough Post #3544, V.F.W.; the Winfield
Jaycees; and the racing fraternity to run stock car races on the racetrack
Grandstand Ticket Sales:
45% to the
sponsoring civic organization for production expenses and, hopefully, some
45% to the
purse as prize money for the participants
10% to the
City of Winfield for rent and racetrack preparation
Pit Pass Sales:
the sponsoring civic organization to cover the insurance premium of $160.00
per race date. Money left over
went to the civic organization.
Any shortfall to pay the insurance had to be made up by the civic
the sponsoring civic organization for concession supplies and, hopefully,
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