Out with the old at the Meigs Fairgrounds, making way for the new

Only rubble remains of the booth that was once used by Eastern Athletics. Photo by Carrie Rose.

Out with the old at the Meigs Fairgrounds, making way for the new

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio – Out with the old, the Meigs County Agricultural Society has been busy making improvements to the midway area of the fairgrounds.

Some of the improvements include demolition of two food booths, and the addition of a picnic shelter. The food booths taken down were the old Chester fire department booth and the old Eastern athletic boosters booth. Both groups have not occupied the booths for some time and the board has had a difficult time finding groups to fill them. After looking into upgrading them to be useable, the board found that it would not be cost effective. The members made the decision to demo the structures and use the space for other concessions and vendors. 

A picnic shelter was constructed on the site of another building that was taken down in last few years. The building was last used to house the county’s two FFA chapters. The picnic shelter was constructed in part from a donation from Rutland Bottle Gas with the remainder being paid for by the Fair board. 

The former Chester Fire Department food booth being torn down. Photo by Carrie Rose.

Fair board President Wes Karr said, “We are sad to see structures disappear that many people loved over the years… from the fishtail sandwiches and homemade pies at the Chester Fireman’s booth to socializing at the Eastern athletic booth. We are excited about the new opportunities that will come in these locations with newer trendy food trucks. Also, the removal of the old FFA building has allowed construction of the William Coy/Rutland Bottle Gas picnic pavilion. This will allow fairgoers a place to sit down in the shade and enjoy dinner or simply take a break from the heat. Many thanks to fairboard members for countless hours to make all these projects happen.”

The remains of the booth that was most recently used by a Boy Scout troop was also once used by the Chester Fire Department. Photo by Carrie Rose.