Cool things you’ll see when the Montgomery County Fairgrounds move

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Judge Arthur O. Fisher Park will become the new home of Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

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As the Montgomery County Fair opened Monday for the 165th and final time on South Main Street in Dayton, members of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board showed plans for the new fairgrounds to be built over the next year in Jefferson Twp. Here are five ways the new fairgrounds will be different:

Closer to country: The new 150-acre fairgrounds to be constructed over the next year should have a more pronounced rural feel than the 38-acre site now hemmed into urban Dayton. The annual event showcasing the county's current contributions to agriculture while honoring its heritage will move 6 miles west to Arthur O. Fisher Park, where country abuts city.

Plans unveiled Monday for the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. call for three air-conditioned and heated buildings to keep and attract year-round events. Seven buildings and an office are planned during the first phase of development to begin next month. SUBMITTED BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
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Plans unveiled Monday for the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. call for three air-conditioned and heated buildings to keep and attract year-round events. Seven buildings and an office are planned during the first phase of development to begin next month. SUBMITTED BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

Climate controlled buildings: Three of the exhibition buildings will be heated and air-conditioned to attract events year-round. The climate-controlled event space would put the location in the running for high-profile events like Ale Fest and Hamvention, which moved to neighboring Greene County after Hara Arena closed.

More parking: The first thing visitors to the new fairgrounds will likely notice is more parking. The new site will accommodate up to 1,500 vehicles, 900 more than the Dayton fairgrounds. Up to 500 parking spots will be on asphalt.

Plans unveiled Monday for the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. show the main entrance to the exhibition site off the parking lot. SUBMITTED BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
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Plans unveiled Monday for the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. show the main entrance to the exhibition site off the parking lot. SUBMITTED BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

Entrance gate location moves: Related to parking, the main entry gate to the new fairgrounds will be between the exhibition site and parking areas. Going to the fairgrounds in Dayton calls for either parking on narrow side streets and walking in or queuing their cars up on Main Street to snake around the midway for a scarce spot on the horse track infield. No longer will fair goers pass through an entry gate by vehicle.

A horse track is not included in the initial phase of building at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. Here, a harness racer trains at the current fairgrounds in Dayton. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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A horse track is not included in the initial phase of building at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp. Here, a harness racer trains at the current fairgrounds in Dayton. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

No horse track: The first phase of construction on the new fairgrounds beginning next month does not include a horse track. The $15 million initial build-out does include a grandstand to be built at the northeast corner of the site facing an event field. The area will host pulling events and others like the annual horse show that are typically staged now on the infield of the current horse track. A horse track is included on the long-term conceptual master plan, but finances are not yet available, according to the fair board.