Nick McWilliams reporting – The most extensive work done to the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds is a project many will never see.

Extensive electrical work is in its last phase, following a long process to repair damaged equipment under the soil near the four-way barn and midway.

Fair Vice President Steve Cronebaugh says that the issue stemmed from a lightning strike that hit the barn around a decade ago.

“Last November I got a call from the city of Dover. We had a major electrical issue, and that we were tripping transformers and shutting about a fourth of Dover down. What we found was a broken wire, and the city of Dover actually came and helped us find that. Down in our lower transformer, that we traced back to the four-way barn when it was struck by lightning.”

Cronebaugh thanked Greg Kimble for his contributions which provided new, more efficient LED lighting throughout the complex, as well as the plan of attack for the electrical system upgrade.

The work was expected to cost up to the $70,000 range, but the fair received help from the county commissioners, who allotted $50,000 for the fair.

“A lot of that came through the commissioners. They made that possible, because when we ran into it, we could see dollar signs. I went to the commissioners at the end of the year, and I just kept telling them, we need a lot of money.”

Upgrades included 1,500 feet of electric line, 2,500 to 3,000 feet of conduit and a new electrical building.

New water and drain lines were also placed in the area where the Pork Association and Cattleman’s Association vendors setup, along with new concrete.

The Tuscarawas County Fair starts on September 16th.

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