Fairgrounds grandstand survey ends Friday

(Posted Dec. 4, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The public appears to be split on what they would like to see done with the aging grandstand at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.

As of Dec. 3, 366 people had completed the county’s online survey asking whether the grandstand should be restored or torn down and replaced. The structure, which dates back to the late 1800s, was deemed unsafe for occupancy last year.

“It’s right about 50/50,” said Rob Slane, county administrator, about the results in an update at the county commissioner’s meeting on Dec. 3.

The survey went live in mid-November. It will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 6. It can be accessed at: Grandstand Public Opinion Survey.

Slane said members of the Madison County Agricultural Society (fair board) have been asking about the survey results and any plans the commissioners have in mind based on those results. They want to know what to plan on for next year’s county fair. This year, they rented temporary bleachers for fair events that took place on and around the racetrack.

Commissioner Mark Forrest said there are no plans at this time.

In reference to the temporary bleachers, Commissioner David Hunter said, “We took care of it last year for them. I’m sure we can do the same this year if we need to.”

Forrest had a different opinion, saying another bleacher rental would be “throwing good money after bad.”

Once the final survey results are tallied, details will be shared.

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