Fair board approved for grant to help with construction of entertainment pavilion


Staff report

WARREN

The Trumbull County Fair Board has been approved for a $43,360 NatureWorks grant to replace the entertainment pavilion at the fairgrounds.

The grant comes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

It will be built at the site of the current pavilion, west of the grandstand and east of the main restrooms, which also are being replaced in a separate project.

The pavilion is a wood-plank stage with no roof that is used for entertainment during the fair.

The new pavilion will measure 40-by-90-feet and cost $79,611, with part of the funds coming from donated labor.

The board hopes the new pavilion will raise fair attendance by providing a nicer venue for entertainment and other events, according to the grant application.

The board worked with a licensed architect to design the facility. It will be built to conform with the Americans With Disabilities Act, which will allow access to a greater portion of the population, the application says.

It will have a concrete pathway that will connect the new bathrooms to the pavilion. Another concrete pathway will connect the pavilion to main midway road in front of the pavilion.

The pavilion will provide greater comfort for entertainers and audience members by having a concrete base that will deter rain from creating soft, wet areas. Benches, chairs and picnic tables will be placed on the concrete pad without concern for soft ground, as in the past, the application says. A roof will cover both the stage area and the spectator areas.

The pavilion was identified as a priority project when the board discussed its comprehensive plan for the fairgrounds from 2013 to 2016, the application says. The new pavilion will eliminate tripping hazards posed by the stake poles used on rental tents that are typically used to cover the current pavilion and audience areas, the application noted.

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