Officials near a lease agreement of Clinton County Fairgrounds

Lease agreement close on Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Lease agreement close on Clinton County Fairgrounds.

CLINTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Clinton County’s Council and Fair Board are nearing an agreement on a new lease for the county’s fairgrounds.

An agreement could be in place by the end of next week. In October, the council filed a lawsuit against the previous fair board regarding ownership and property. Since then, a new fair board has come in to help reach an agreement on a lease and have the lawsuit dropped.

Under the agreement, Fair Board president Gregory Smith said the fairgrounds must hold more events annually.

“There was very little going on. People rented the buildings,” said Smith. “There was some campers once in a while, but not enough to justify having this good piece of property and letting it sit idle.”

Smith said along with more events, the lease will also make it easier to get fairground facilities upgraded.

“I would like to see the grandstands done by the end of this year. I’d like to see that done, and I think we’ll probably shoot to have a new set of restrooms by the next fair,” said Smith.

The new lease will go into effect immediately. Smith said they will probably sign a short term lease to start and would look at a long term agreement down the road.

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