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13 acres added to county fair

October 28, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Fair was given more room to expand Thursday when the Jefferson County Commission agreed to give a little more than 13 acres for the fair along Leetown Pike.

Fair organizers were able to acquire about 32 acres from the commission in 2003, which allowed the fair to develop a new area to stage events such as bull riding, tractor pulls and demolition derbies.

That area was opened to fair spectators this year.

Mike Alvarez, vice president of the fair, and Don Mickey, fair director emeritus, briefed commission members Thursday on other growth issues at the fair.

About a third of the fair's parking is offered on land next to the fairgrounds where a fire training facility is operated, according to Alvarez and Mickey.

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Officials plan to expand the fire training facility, so the fair needs the 13 acres owned by the county for parking and possible other future expansions, according to Alvarez and Mickey.

Fair officials also would like to use a well on the 13 acres, they said.

The fair currently leases the 13 acres and uses it for overflow parking, Alvarez said. Fair officials want to own the property so they can widen a road on property they already own. The additional land is needed for the road, Alvarez said.

The commissioners unanimously approved transferring the land to the fair.

The 13 acres increases the amount of land owned by the fair to about 75 acres.

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