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Fair may have new location for 2013

Published 3:11pm Monday, January 7, 2013

The Chilton County Fair may have a new location this year after moving from near the Chilton County Airport due to safety regulations imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

President of the Clanton Kiwanis Club Dan Nolen said plans were underway in trying to secure property near the old Henry M. Adair School located at 102 First St. S. in Clanton.

Although Nolen said nothing has been officially planned, he will meet with the city of Clanton and Chilton County Board of Education (BOE) in the coming days to discuss the possibility of leasing the land.

“Both the BOE and city own property at that location so we are trying to make sure everything would be feasible right now,” Nolen said. “We are proposing to lease the property from the city and the county for about 12 months.”

Nolen said he thinks the new location is promising and is excited about the possibility of acquiring the location for the fair.

The only negative side to the Adair School would be parking which Nolen said would require some creativity to come up with ways to accommodate the cars.

“We might have to have shuttle buses that would take people from their cars to the fair but we haven’t gotten that far yet,” Nolen said. “The parking is a lot smaller than at the previous location, but I think we could make it work.”

In early October, Nolen announced the location of the fair might be in jeopardy due to a proposed airport project extending the airport’s runway 1,000 feet to the west.

Due to certain safety guidelines imposed by the FAA, having a Ferris wheel and other attractions close to the airport runway could pose problems.

The fairground was adjacent to the airport and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the Agricultural Center Board.

Nolen said the fair had been the Kiwanis Club’s major fundraiser for 10 years with all the proceeds from the fair going to fund scholarships for six high school seniors, one from each school in the county.

“We hope everything works out for this new location because I think it will be a good thing for the fair this fall,” Nolen said. “We will just have to see how everything turns out, but we are hopeful this will be a good thing.”

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