Shelby County reveals new grandstand at fairgrounds

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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. 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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