Enhanced food stand nears completion
Anew concessions stand at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds is expected to be completed next month.
The 4,000-square-foot building replaces the former 2,880-square-foot food stand, which was gutted in November by a fire that was probably caused by an electrical problem.
Officials said the building had stood at the fairgrounds on West Main Street for 35 to 40 years.
Warfield Homes of Clarke County is overseeing the project.
The new stand will consist of a commercial kitchen — including a commercial hood for better ventilation, a 2,000-square-foot food pavilion area that will seat about 50 more people than before, and larger doorways.
“Volunteers used to be cramped,” said Shannon Dulaney, vice president of Warfield Homes. “It would get pretty hot in there, especially in August.”
Construction will also allow for better flow through the serving lines, which will reduce patrons’ wait and, it is hoped, increase the number of meals served, Dulaney said.
The new building, which has a price tag of $100,000 — with more than half covered by an insurance claim — will also include handicapped-accessible restrooms. The Clarke County’Ruritan Club will spend an additional $40,000 to $50,000 to outfit the kitchen.
Dulaney said Warfield Homes was happy to get the job because he and his family have been involved in the livestock exhibition at the fair for 20 years. “We’re proud to be associated with [the Ruritan Club] because they’re a good family organization.”
Jerry Beydler, president of the Ruritan Club, said the building would be a little nicer than the former one. “I think [it] is going to speak for itself.”
The Clarke County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 11-17.
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