Jacksonville city officials are going to great lengths to avoid the clash of crowds at the Florida-George game and county fair, which are scheduled for the same weekend.
But Channel 4 has learned that a scheduling fallout could lead to city losing one event or the other.
The fair's close proximity to the game means the city may have to pay out-of-pocket to postpone the fair. The solution, as City Councilman Bill Bishop points out, could cost the city nearly half a million dollars.
"[The fair is] going to sit here for a week while we wait on Florida-Georgia and then have the fair, and that costs money," Bishop said.
Over a year away from the potential mob scene, the city and the fair are scrambling to fix the problem.
Bishop said he is sponsoring a bill that would pay the fair $200,000 this year to house its equipment, employees and animals. The fair would add $6,000 to that. The fair said it wanted to wait until the matter is settled before commenting on it. The city's legal department said it doesn't owe the fair anything but the possible consequences of not paying, which Bishop said would be far more expensive.
Both sides said they expect a resolution at the next council meeting on Nov. 6.
Channel 4 asked the fair what it would do if the city doesn't elect to pay to postpone it. Fair organizers said it's goal is not to have the fair on Florida-Georgia weekend and they said they don't want to speculate on a worst case scenario.