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Getting the Fair ready to go

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Setting up 'The Tornado' Rickie Shinabargar of Omaha, Neb. is pictured above replacing lighting caps on his ride 'The Tornado.' Shinabargar is part of Blues Amusement and does set-up and tear-down and is also the operator of 'The Tornado,' which is one of the many rides that will be on the Midway during the Cherokee County Fair beginning today. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee County Fair officially opens today,and many unseen volunteers have been working on projects that make it possible to put on the Fair.

The Cherokee County Fair Board recently installed a new wooden fence along the south side of the fairgrounds and a new chain-link fence was erected along the west side. It's little improvements like this that help keep the fairgrounds fresh and welcoming to the public.

One other interesting new item at this year's Cherokee County Fair are six new hand sanitizers which are located near the livestock buildings, food stands, and the restroom on the grounds. This effort was made by the Fair Board to help promote the safety and health of the public.

Another improvement at the fairgrounds was the recent painting of the inside of the Family Crafts Building. The Building is much lighter in color than in previous years, and helps makes the displays of the various crafts stand out.

There is also a new reserved parking area for livestock-hauling vehicles, along with reserved parking for the 4-H buildings and Cherokee County Extension offices.

One project that may not be complete by the time the Fair is under way is the restoration of the main flagpole. The flagpole, along with several trees and branches, was downed during a recent storm.

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