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County fair board wants more space

January 02, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission is considering a request from County Fair officials for 28 acres near the fairgrounds for expansion.

The fair, which is held on about 30 acres along Leetown Pike west of Charles Town, has witnessed crowds upward of 36,000 in recent years and fair officials have expressed interest in expanding their facilities.

J.P. Burns, president of the fair, appeared before the commissioners Monday to request that 28 acres of county owned property located near the existing fairgrounds be given to the fair.

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Commissioner Jane Tabb, a local farmer who has volunteered at the fair for years, supported the request.

Tabb said giving the land to fair organizers is the most logical use of the property because there are few places in the county where people can show horses and other livestock.

Commissioner Al Hooper, however, said he wants input from county Parks and Recreation officials before making a decision. Hooper said there is a great need for extra soccer field space in the county.

The commissioners said they wanted to hold off on the property request to make sure they make the right decision.

Tabb was the only commissioner who voted against tabling the matter.

The 28 acres was part of the former Jefferson County Landfill, said Commissioner James G. Knode. Dirt from the property was removed to make a cap over the landfill when it was closed, Knode said.

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