COSHOCTON – Community generosity has led to the construction of a new lap at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds to help improve grandstand events at the fair and throughout the year.
A dedication ceremony took place ahead of the gross truck competition on Wednesday evening. David and Tracy Frame of Coshocton Tire donated $ 7,000 to the project.
“We just wanted to be involved in the community,” said David. “We are happy to be part of the community and the farming community. Without them, we are not here.
Jason Massie, chairman of the fair’s board of directors, said they had wanted to erect such a tower for some time and when the board heard that the Frames wanted to donate fundraising it seemed like a good solution. From motocross to tractors, tires are needed for many grandstand events.
The ground floor is a registration area for events and related activities, such as driver meetings. The second floor has audio equipment and is where all the grandstand entertainment announcements will take place.
“You can see the shows better in the air than on the ground,” Massie said. “It gives us a place to take the entry forms downstairs and keep our sound and equipment upstairs and out of the weather.”
The all-wood structure was built by the members of the board of directors of the fair. The siding still needs to be installed, which is a donation from Miller Metal. Coshocton Materials donated concrete for the ground floor and William Albert Excavating donated gravel for the area around the tower.
“It wouldn’t happen without these people,” Massie said.