Land acquired for future fair expansion
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County has purchased approximately seven acres of land just west of the existing fairgrounds for future expansion possibilities of fair buildings and rodeo facilities.
Commissioner Scott Workman said the land purchase has just been completed for an undisclosed amount.
“The commission and fair board have been looking for additional ground adjacent to the fair buildings for years and years to accommodate expansion possibilities,” said Workman. “Within the past few months acreage just west of the animal buildings became available and we jumped at the chance to buy it.
“We’ve basically been landlocked with no room to expand,” he said.
This spring and summer they plan to construct a dirt road on the far west side of the new property and connect it to 200 and 300 North streets, Workman said.
“Traffic congestion during the fair, rodeo and other events has been a problem for many years and this should go a long way to alleviate that problem,” the commissioner said. “An old shed on the southwest corner of the property will be demolished by the county road crew and the property cleaned up. The fair board plans to construct new animal pens on a portion of the ground this summer prior to the annual fair in August.”
The weed department will spray the acreage for weeds in the next few days. A local high school rodeo group, under the direction of Wes Harris, fair board chair, has removed an old fence on the property as a service project, Workman said.
“This should be a win-win situation for the county, Preston City, the fair and rodeo,” said Harris. “For several years we’ve had more and more animals at the fair as it has continued to grow. We’ve really had no place to put them and it has cut into available parking. That has created an entirely different set of problems.
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