$2.5M left to raise before Montgomery Fairgrounds can move

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The developer of the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds has six months left to raise enough money to buy land in Brookville.

A partner with Miller Valentine Group says it’s crunch time as they work to raise the last $2.5 million.

“If the new fairgrounds has stabling facilities and an arena facility that we can utilize for the horse show, we would love to stay with the Montgomery County Fairgrounds,” said Evette Moody, manager of the Dayton Horse Show.

The horse show doesn’t start until next week, but organizers and volunteers are getting things ready before hundreds of people and horses arrive.  The event has been attracting people to the fairgrounds on Main Street for more than 100 years.

“People will say I remember sitting up on the hill watching the horse show when I was a kid. So yeah, we do have some emotional ties here,” said Moody.

2 NEWS spoke with Eric Joo, partner and vice president of real estate development for Miller Valentine Group, the company that wants to transform the prime real estate where the old fairgrounds are into a mix of residential and commercial space.

According to Joo, they are much closer to closing on the land than anyone expected them to be at this point.

With half a year left to fundraise, Joo said generous donations could get them to the finish line and closer to breaking ground in Brookville.

“We don’t know if this is our last year here. We don’t know if we have another year here yet. We hope to be on these grounds as long as we possibly can. Before we have to make a change,” said Moody.


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