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Crawford County Fairgrounds to demolish grandstand

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Changes will be coming to the Crawford County Fairgrounds...this year for the fair, there will be no grandstand.

The fairgrounds have been a family entertainment venue, rich in history for decades.

"You can imagine back in the day...the entire fairgrounds to construct cost about $32,000. And if you look at the improvements we've made over the last 15 years, We've made about $150,000 worth of improvements, and we're no where near close to done." says Kari West, Marketing Director for the Crawford County Fair Association.

The grandstand that has been standing for more than 80 years on the grounds will soon be coming down to make room for a new, state of the art grandstand.

"Back in the 30's, wood was the traditional material and while it served us well for 80 years, it has definitely outlived its life span and created some life safety issues that lead to the decision to demolish the structure." West says.

Volunteers from the Crawford County Fair Association have been spending the month preparing the stand for demolition by removing fencing around the perimeter. Although many say the structure is an icon in the community because of its history, the costly repairs have just been too much to maintain over the years.

"We're blessed that we have a lot of community support, and a lot of folks from outside the region use the facilities as well. That's how we make our money to make capital improvements." West says.

Organizers have set different community donation locations to build a new, more efficient grandstand for future county fairs.

"We're looking at coming back with something that's low maintenance, something that's going to give us another 100 years of activities to be able to create some new memories with 4-H families and folks that come out to support the fair." West says.

The demolition of the grandstand is expected to be done by the end of the month.

Gifts can be made through the Girard Area Community Foundation, Crawford County Fair Capital Improvement Fund.

 

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