TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - After 12 years of planning and three years of construction the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds are open for business. The county invested over 20 million dollars into the new facility. County officials say the old one was declining and considered moving the fairgrounds to a different part of the county. However, they wanted it to be in the center of the county. That way, people both from the urban part of the county and the rural areas could get to the grounds easily. Tippecanoe County Commissioner Dave Byers says the fairgrounds are located almost directly in the center of Tippecanoe County.
“If you really get on a map and look at the county this is about the center of the county which every corner you want to come in from this is the center of the county,” said Byers.
The fair takes place from July 17th through the 24th. Once the fair is over county officials hope that they can get more events to use the venue.
“The fair is the fair but it's only a couple of weeks,” said Byers. “So it's the other 50 weeks that we are trying to market and promote and we already have some big vendors that are looking the entire facility.”
The largest parts of the project are done but there are still a few things left to finish. Landscaping on the fairgrounds will be done after the fair takes place. The county also hopes to change the look of the grand entrance. They plan on adding a memorial area somewhere on the fairgrounds which would be useful for weddings or opportunities for people to take pictures.