By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Della Selsor Building at the Madison County Fairgrounds is getting a facelift inside and out.
The Della Selsor Trust recently pledged $50,000 for upgrades and improvements, paid out in $10,000 increments over the next five years. The Madison County commissioners are matching the commitment 2:1, adding another $100,000 to the pot.
“The building gets a fair amount of use. If it were a little more attractive and a little more updated, it would get more use. We want it to be a shining star and inspire more improvements on the fairgrounds,” said Glenn W. Collier, co-trustee of the Della Selsor Trust.
Established in 1966, the trust is named for the daughter of a farm family that lived in South Charleston. After the daughter passed away, the farm was sold and the proceeds were used to start a fund to support charitable organizations in Madison and Clark counties.
“It’s for projects that touch a lot of people,” Collier said.
The last time the trust put money into the Della Selsor Building was for redecorating in the 1980s. Collier said he would like to see upgrades to the rest rooms, main meeting room and overall interior.
As for the exterior, the trust is providing the Madison County Master Gardeners with $2,000 to work on landscaping around the building, which the county commissioners also plan to match 2:1.
The trust is leaving the specifics of the project, inside and out, up to the county commissioners and fairgrounds organizers. Collier did request that the commissioners provide their funding commitment upfront so that work can begin as soon as possible. Commissioner Paul Gross said the commissioners are honoring that request.