‘Huge’ event: Fair­grounds opens dog barn to fan­fare

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Lu­cas Gon­za­lez Staff Writer

A new dog barn is now open at the Clark County Fair­grounds.

The Cold­well Banker Her­itage Dog Barn opened Fri­day fol­low­ing a brief pro­gram in cel­e­bra­tion of the event.

“This is huge,” said Dean Blair, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the fair­grounds.

The dog barn will serve as a cen­tral lo­ca­tion for dog clubs to hold meet­ings and train dogs for com­pe­ti­tions at the fair­grounds.

Blair said the dog barn could be used not just by agri­cul­tural folk, but by a “cross-seg­ment of ev­ery­body in the county.”

The fair­grounds part­nered with real es­tate com­pany Cold­well Banker Her­itage and Spring­field-Clark Ca­reer Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (CTC) on this project, ac­cord­ing to Blair.

Cold­well Banker pro­vided fund­ing while up to 50 stu­dents from CTC con­structed the barn.

“The qual­ity of work (CTC stun­dents) do is phe­nom­e­nal,” Blair said. “A lot of the things that hap­pened can­not hap­pen un­less some­one like Cold­well Banker Her­itage is fund­ing that project.”

The barn was erected on the grounds of a de­mol­ished barn built in 1950, ac­cord­ing to Blair. The cur­rent barn has new walls, con­crete and roof­ing, Blair said.

The barn in­te­rior is mostly va­cant and has tem­po­rary heat­ing. Blair said the barn will be fully us­able and have per­ma­nent HVAC by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

CTC Su­per­in­ten­dent Michelle Pa­trick said she is ex­cited about the part­ner­ship with the fair­grounds.

Ron Sweeney, Cold­well Her­itage man­ag­ing part­ner, also praised Blair and the fair­grounds.

“This is a great fa­cil­ity and a great day,” Sweeney said. “We love Clark County. We love Spring­field. The fair­grounds are awe­some.”

Blair closed the pro­gram by thank­ing the fair­ground’s com­mu­nity part­ners for their in­volve­ment in open­ing the barn.

“This place is on fire, and it’s on fire be­cause of our com­mu­nity,” Blair said. “Thank you for light­ing our fuse.”

BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Linda Wierzba keeps her dog, Ri­ley, oc­cu­pied as the dig­ni­taries speak at the grand open­ing cer­e­mony of the Cold­well Banker Her­itage Dog Barn at the Clark County Fair­grounds on Fri­day. The barn was built by stu­dents at the Clark County Spring­field CTC and re­placed one built in the 1950s.

BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The new barn will be fully avail­able for use by the end of Fe­bru­ary, the Clark County Fair­grounds di­rec­tor says.

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