Veterans and emergency management workers will be treated to new facilities at the Lorain County Fair this summer.
The fair board has put together a new fund designed to offset costs for constructing the new veterans and EMS building, as well as future costs of other fairground structures that are in need of repair or replacement.
“We began to put this money together after longtime board member John Emerich passed away,” said fair office manager Charisse Nikel. “Our night at the races last November raised money specifically meant for the veteran’s building.”
Those funds, combined with local VFW and individual donations, opened the door for the board to approve the project last month.
“The old building also functioned as both the veterans and EMS building,” said Nikel. “It wasn’t built with those intentions, though. When I first started here, the EMS was actually here in the fair office building. It was in the last few years of the old building’s life that it was used by both groups.”
Construction will continue at the fairgrounds following the completion of the veteran’s building, but no specific sites or buildings have been chosen yet.
The new structure is on schedule to be completed in time for the fair’s Aug 22 start date, according to Nikel.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise The new veterans and EMS building should be completed in time for the Lorain County Fair in August.