Teton County Fair Rodeo

The Jackson Town Council on Monday agreed to a five-year extension of its concessions contract for the rodeo held at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Jackson. The locally owned concessions company paid the town nearly a quarter of a million dollars this year.

The Jackson Town Council this past week agreed to renew its contract with WW Productions LLC for another five years, and in the process received a hefty check from WW Productions for the past year.

The contract calls for WW Productions to pay the town 10% of gross proceeds from concessions sales or $50,000 per year, whichever amount is greater, according to the item’s staff report.

For 2021, the concession company paid the town about $248,000.

It was a marked increase over the 2020 amount paid to the town — $75,415.45 — when the rodeo was hamstrung by the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying restrictions on attendance.

WW Productions LLC is registered to Phil and Levi Wilson with a Jackson address of 7785 Cowboy Way.

The checks for the three years prior to 2020, when the pandemic was not a factor, still paled in comparison to the this year’s check. The amounts WW Productions paid to the town in 2019, 2018, and 2017 were $145,348.27, $129,036.68, and $123,960.68, respectively.

Additionally, according to the staff report, “Pursuant to the Rodeo Grounds Management Agreement (RGMA) between the Town and the County, the Town passes through a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $60,000 (at no time exceeding the amount received from the Concessionaire) to Teton County for management of the grounds on [the town’s] behalf.”

The council voted unanimously, 4-0, to approve the five-year extension of the agreement on a motion from Councilor Jonathan Schechter, seconded by Councilor Jim Rooks. Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson was absent from Monday evening’s meeting.

“I think we’re very fortunate to have such a high-quality thing going on and I want to thank the applicant for his continued hard work and his interest in continuing to work for the town,” Councilor Schechter said. “Thank you so very much, it’s really a wonderful, wonderful thing.”

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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