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Columbiana County Fair unveils new grandstand

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COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio - Something big and new awaits people who plan to attend this years Columbiana County Fair.

After months of campaigning, the fair board unveiled their new grandstand. The venue cost $900-thousand. It replaces the fair's previous grandstand that stood for nearly 100 years.

"They were very historic and quaint, this is not quite historic and quaint but it's functional and safe," said Matt Hughes with JMH Development, the Cinncinati-based company that helped spearhead the campaign.

The new $900-thousand grandstand will seat 11-hundred more people than before.

And although it doesn't have the same nostalgic feel, it's built on the fond memories of long-time fair goers.

Several of which were were recognized for their contribution at a special reception that was held underneath the grandstand on Friday night.

"Our first date was here at the fair and it's just been a big part of everything we've done and in our kids' lives now," said Donors Richard and Jennifer Zehentbauer.

The Columbiana County fair has also been meaningful for the Green Family. Three generations that came to the fairgrounds year after year. The Grandstand is now named after their father and grandfather, Arnold C. Green. But it's in memory of both Arnold and his wife.

 "I think they'd be very, very honored," said Donor John Green. "It's something they treasured and I'm sure they would have been here had they not passed away to partake in this honor."

This years fair begins on Monday and runs through August 3rd.

Donors of the grandstand hope that their contributions, whether big or small, help build fond memories for generations to come.
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