Group puts efforts on hold while it watches fairgrounds debate

GREENFIELD — Though they came out of the gate in July with a city-approved plan for a new show arena at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, talk of a possible new site for the fairgrounds has slowed the pace of arena backers significantly.

The group has curtailed its fundraising efforts and is looking at alternative sites for events.

In mid-December, a collective of government, civic and agriculture stakeholders met for a second time to discuss prospects of moving the fairgrounds from its land-locked location on Apple Street to the Hancock County Farm on U.S. 40 between CRs 400E and 500E or some other parcel in the county.

That group meets again next Thursday when a committee chaired by Hancock County Councilman Kent Fisk will present its findings on a proposed business and management plan for the new enterprise.

“We have some ideas on how we want to approach it,” Fisk said Thursday. “When this came up 10 years ago, they thought about what kind of buildings would be out there and what it would look like, but they didn’t figure out who was going to run it and how it was going to be managed.”

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