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New Fairgrounds Taking Shape
By Megan Neis 03 02 07


C-T Photo by Megan Neis in a plane flown by Phil Griffith

Caption: The new Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds is taking shape with the multi-purpose expo center and the cattle building (toward the top of the picture) essentially completed. The bulk of the new fairgrounds project is being funded through donations from four local foundations and the Chillicothe Industrial Development Corporation. Funding from those sources are: Jenkins Foundation, $725,000; Litton Foundation, $400,000; Browning Foundation, $50,000; McCall Foundation, $100,000; and CIDC, $50,000.

The new Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds is taking shape with the multi-purpose expo center and the cattle building essentially completed. The multi-purpose building, built by Copeland Development & Construction Co., Inc., is 28,000 square feet 8,000 of which will be enclosed and heated and air conditioned. When put to use for the county fair, the enclosed portion of the expo center is where the items formerly housed in the green building will be. The livestock shows will also be held in the enclosed portion.

According to Ron Wolf, Grand River Technical School co-director, the wings coming off the the multi-purpose building will house all livestock, excluding horses. There is a walk-way between the multi-purpose building and the cattle barn. The cattle barn was constructed by Morton Buildings Inc. Plans to pour gravel at the new fairgrounds site is scheduled to occur once the ground settles and dries.

Wolf reported that the Livingston County fair board is currently working on getting an arena at the new fairgrounds. Also, in the future, the board has plans to construct a horse barn, pour concrete, make a parking lot and possibly construct a storage shed. The Chillicothe Rotary Club will also be constructing a shelter house.

The 2007 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair will be held at the new fairgrounds. According to Wolf, several groups have already made plans to hold events in the multi-purpose building and livestock shows are scheduled for the fairgrounds in April.

The bulk of the new fairgrounds project is being funded through donations from four local foundations and the Chillicothe Development Corporation. Funding from those sources are: Jenkins Foundation, $725,000; Litton Foundation, $400,000; Browning Foundation, $50,000; McCall Foundation, $100,000; and CIDC, $50,000. The Chillicothe R-2 School District is the owner and operator of the new fairgrounds.

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