Fairfield County Fair goes on without historic grandstand

LANCASTER (WCMH) — Last month, a grandstand that stood at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds for more than 100 years burned to the ground under suspicious circumstances. Today, the Fairfield County Fair is going on as planned, but the loss of the iconic grandstand is being felt by many.

Fairfield County residents took some time out to reflect on what was a fair favorite. The historic grandstand is no longer standing on the fairgrounds. Instead, a memorial site stands in its honor.

Friend to the fair Will Dunfee carved this replica of the landmark out of the original timber of the grandstand. They burnt the edges to symbolize last month’s fire.

“People would come over here and sit in the grass and just reminisce and look up at the old grandstand,” said Dave Benson, Fairfield County Fair manager.

Those memories are now a part of history on a remembrance wall.

“Most people really felt like they lost a friend a friend that had been a back drop to many wonderful memories,” said Tim Voris, Fairfield County Fair assistant manager.

“This was a wonderful thing,” said resident Bob Rosier. “We’ve all lost our grandparents, we’ve lost loved ones, so we have lost a loved one here.”

Rosier has been coming to the fair since he was a child. He considers the grandstand to be part of his fair family.

“We’ve buried a friend here and now we have to go onto what’s new.”

To make a donation, visit http://www.fairfieldcountyfair.org/

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