SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clark County Fairgrounds received $180,000 to help prevent fires in the campsite area.
Originally, Clark County Commissioners agreed to give the fairgrounds $121,000 to meet the safety needs for the area. Within the past week, commissioners met once again to give an additional $60,000.
According to Clark County Commissioner, John Detrick, the extra money will greatly reduce the chance of a fire.
“The extra $60,000 is required to spread the campers out so that if one were to catch fire, the whole series of them wouldn’t burn,” Detrick said.
Officials met up this year to discuss a new safety plan for the campsite, which didn’t meet some of the criteria for the fire code. Recreational vehicles were parked too close to barns and were often times, too close together.
Commissioner Detrick says this plan has been in the works for years now. He says it picked up momentum after several fairs nationwide went up in smoke due to fire.
“But with other incidents throughout the country, they decided to go proactive.”
The Fairgrounds account for more than 75 percent of tourist dollars coming into Clark County throughout the year.
“The loss of one life would have well paid for this investment so there’s no hesitation on the commission part to support this community,” Detrick said about the spacing between campsites.
The plan will move recreational vehicles further away from horse stables, while adding new outlets and spaces for campers. The fairgrounds in total will have more than 500 spots for RVs.
“This just kind of puts the icing on the cake. And it’s going to pay off because the campsites will be there for years, and a lot of people come and spend the whole week at the fair.”
The Clark County fair begins on July 18th. Officials say the new wiring will be completed by the start of the fair.