A new building for veterans and emergency response services at the Lorain County Fairgrounds is nearing completion.
Fair board member Don Crawford said the building will soon be open to walk-throughs for anyone who wants to see the finished product, which is “98 percent complete.”
The project was approved in April and funded by proceeds from the fair’s Night at the Races event last November as well as donations from individuals and the Wellington VFW.
“It’s going to be very nice for all involved,” said Lorain County fair board member Kim Meyers. “They’re finishing up some painting and lighting work this week. The interior will be a very workable environment for the vets and EMS workers with private areas to treat patients.”
Southern Lorain County Ambulance District executive director Dave Knapp welcomed the new home at the fair, especially compared to the modest amenities available in the past.
“We used to work out of tents up there,” he said. “That could never provide the level of care that this new building will have. We get a wide variety of medical situations at the fair, from heat-related ailments to someone who needs stitches and it’s great that those people will now have better services available to them.”
Meyers added that the versatility of the building will be a breath of fresh air for anyone who puts it to use.
“The veterans have different groups like the VFW that will occupy the building at different times,” said Meyers. “It is just a very functional and useful facility for us to have.”
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Veterans and EMS workers are getting a new building at the Lorain County Fairgrounds. It’s nearing completion.