DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - 2 NEWS has learned the Montgomery County Fair Board is looking at new sites to possibly move the fair grounds to a more rural setting in the western portion of Montgomery County.
Earlier today a high-ranking Brookville official confirmed to 2 NEWS the fair board has investigated two properties in the last month.
One property visited is at the corner of US 40 and SR 49 in the northwest corner of Montgomery County as well as property near Brookville off Arlington Road near the Interstate 70 interchange.
The source told 2 NEWS the fair board is looking for approximately 120 acres for relocation.
2 NEWS spoke with Fair Board Vice President John Yancik, who referred questions about any potential sales to County Commissioner Dan Foley.
Foley told 2 NEWS he's not ready to comment on anything at this time.
If the fairgrounds are moved, the county, which owns the land they currenlty sit on, could sell the property. 2 NEWS has learned the auditor's office values the 35 acres there at nearly $3.4 million, but 50 acres of land just to the south on Stewart Street was sold to the University of Dayton by NCR for $25 million in 2005.
Some 2 NEWS spoke with worry a move would reduce fair attendance because it would be harder for those in Dayton, Kettering and Centerville among others to get to the Brookville area.
They also fear a new location could kill events like the Dayton Horse Show, which is taking place at the fairgrounds this week, because Brookville wouldn't be the draw Dayton is.
"They need to stay here or it's done," says Steve Demjen, who's been bringing horses to the show for decades. "It'll die."
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