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Montgomery County Fairgrounds Relocating
DAYTON -- After more than 160 years, the Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds will move from it's historic location in downtown Dayton. The Fair Board Tuesday night approved of the first step in the process to sell the grounds and relocate to Brookville.
It was very emotional in the moments leading up to the board's vote. Those who are against the fair moving to Brookville say it should stay downtown because of historical value. But everyone who supports the move is very excited for an expansion.
Approving of giving the Miller Valentine Group an option to purchase the 37 acre fairground site is the first step in the sale process. Miller Valentine would pay about $16 million bucks.
"We need the whole county's support. This is a community effort," said board president, John Friedline.
The Fair Board would use the money to purchase and build facilities on a new, much larger site in Brookville.
"We would like to go into a more rural section to promote the argriculture a little more, " Friedline said.
"They'll take 4-H away from the surburban and urban kids and that's where the outreach is," said Oakwood resident, Katy Dalrymple.
But the majority of the Fair Board and many supporters believe selling the historic fairgrounds will actually attract more families.
"The hygene here is terrible. The restrooms we shower in are bad. I think new facilities will help bring in new population for this fair," said Bailey Montoya, a 4-H swine farmer.
The historic Roundhouse is going to be relocated to the new fairgrounds.
Final details on the sale to Miller Valentine still need to be worked out. However, no matter what, the fair will still be held at the downtown Dayton site next year.
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