SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Nearly two years after someone set fire to the grandstand at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, the new one is nearly complete.
On Sunday, 24-Hour News 8 got a sneak peak at the new grandstand. It features new restrooms, a press box and space for vendors.
Fair organizers were creative and determined to raise money to pay for a new grandstand.
“Different businesses came up with a lot of fundraisers; we sold a lot of products from the old grandstand. We found nails and stuff and put them on plaques. We had people drew pictures of the old grandstand and put them on the plaques and sold them,” Mike Hirschauer said.
Hirschauer said they also raised money by selling memorial bricks and park benches.
The grandstand opens to the public on Monday, which is also the start of the 166th Shelby County Fair The fair runs through Saturday, July 5.