(Posted April 25, 2014)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Improvements at the Madison County Fairgrounds are in full swing and, as more donations come in, more projects are being added to the list—some of them big, some small, all of them creating excitement.
The new general purpose building and youth arena are taking shape, with walls and roofs going up on each structure. Next up is plumbing, after which the floors will be poured. According to Darrell Champer, president of the Madison County Junior Fair Sales Committee, the building projects are on schedule to be done before fair time. This year’s county fair is set for July 6-12.
Stanley Electric and Beck’s Hybrids make big commitments
On April 21, Madison County commissioner Paul Gross reported that Stanley Electric U.S. in London is donating $50,000 to the fairgrounds building project. He also stated that Beck’s Hybrids, a seed company based in Indiana, is donating $50,000 toward construction of a new hog barn to start after this year’s fair.
Donations of all sizes continue to come in from a variety of groups, individuals and businesses. Among those who donated recently are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 746. The organization donated $1,000.
Donations may be sent in care of the Madison County Sales Committee Building Fund to P.O. Box 650, London, OH 43140. Questions about any of the projects going on at the fairgrounds may be directed to Darrell Champer at (614) 743-7441 or Doug Peterman at (614) 206-5553.
Della Selsor closing briefly
Renovations are well under way in the Della Selsor Building. Finished projects include new paint, lighting, ceiling, doors and heating units. Two storage areas have been added, and the floor has been sandblasted.
Next on the to-do list is sealing the floor, which will require temporary closure of the Ohio State University Extension office, located at the front of the Della Selsor building. The office will be closed April 28-30. The staff will check phone messages during the closure. The office number is (740) 852-0975. Messages for the Extension service should be left at extension 14. Urgent calls will be returned the same day; all other calls will be returned May 1. Messages for Action For Children should be left at extension 15.
Sheep and goat barn gets rehab
The sale committee is rehabilitating the sheep and goat barn by squaring up the roof, adding new support poles and pouring a new floor.
Horse barn and arena upgrades
Through a cooperative effort among 4-Hers, the sales committee and local businesses, the main horse arena and warm-up area are getting new fencing and a new riding surface. The exterior of the main horse barn also is being spruced up. Organizers are planning a community/4-H workday to tend to the horse barn’s interior. To help with these projects, contact Linda Granger at email@example.com.
Flowerbeds, landscaping, etc.
At least eight 4-H clubs and one FFA club have signed up to participate in a flowerbed contest. The groups will work with local Master Gardeners to design, plant and maintain flowerbeds around the fairgrounds. A donation of $500 is funding cash awards and prizes for the contest.
The Master Gardeners also are heading up a landscaping overhaul in front of the Extension office.
The Madison County Area Realtors Association has selected the fairgrounds as the beneficiary of their annual community workday. Members will help with a variety of projects around the grounds, from landscaping to painting.