Grandstand will be ready for the Shelby County Fair

(The Shelbyville News/file)

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Shelbyville News) – Officials say the grandstand will be open and ready for use for this year’s Shelby County Fair.

“We’re in good shape, and it’s coming together. It is exciting to see all the work taking place, and this is a project that has been in the works for three years, said Mike Freeman, fair board president. On a daily basis, Freeman observes the work R.L. Turner has been doing on building the new facility.

According to 24-Hour News 8′s news gathering partner, The Shelbyville News, the project became necessary after an arsonist, who has not been caught or charged, set the 133-year-old structure on fire on May 19, 2012.

The Shelby County Commissioners have given a target date of June 20 for the project to be completed. “We will have it open for the fair,” Freeman said. In addition to the rebuild of the grandstands, money will also be applied to renovating the grounds, according to Freeman.

“We will upgrade the areas quite a bit. If we don’t renovate the area and grandstands, there is a chance we could lose the fair. But, that won’t be the case. We will have a full slate of activities again this year,” Freeman said.

Commissioners President Kevin Nigh said the project will look very nice when completed. “The good of a loss like this has been bringing the community together to work on the project. It’ll look really nice, and I think it will resemble what was there. There is no way you can ever replace the structure we had, but we’ll come close. I am excited to have this by the fair,” Nigh said.

A groundbreaking for the grandstand was held in early April.  Check out that story here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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