COSTA MESA — The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday plans to lay the groundwork for the future of the fairgrounds' weekend swap meet when it considers issuing a request for bidders to take over the event in 2013.
The move comes on the heels of the board's vote last month to dissolve Tel Phil Enterprises' contract for operating the county swap meet, which is officially known as the Orange County Market Place. The vote stipulated Tel Phil, operator of the swap meet for 42 years, running the event only for the next 18 months.
Meanwhile, the swap meet's vendors can continue to operate, but will have to strike new deals with whomever takes over, Fair Board members said last month. Board members said they were not inclined to continue with Tel Phil's contract after years of declining revenues and a rancorous relationship with its president, Jeff Teller.