Alternate Entrance Added to Fairgrounds

By Brett Edwards |

Published 07/09 2014 10:21PM

Updated 07/09 2014 11:47PM

When it comes to entering and exiting the fairgrounds, it's been nothing short of efficient.

"We have between five to seven ticket takers up there," said Lt. Brian DeHart of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department. "We try to keep the traffic flow moving well and we also have people out directing traffic to the parking spaces."

Construction on US41 hasn't been an issue for fair officials.

"Right now I have not seen any issues with 41 but we have stressed using the back entrance of the fairgrounds off of Johnson Drive to Union Road," added Lt. DeHart.

That back entrance has seen plenty of traffic as drivers look to avoid 41.

"The road construction outside is pretty rough to get in and we thought it'd be a lot quicker coming back this way and it is," said fairgoer Bill Fiscus.

Fair officials implemented the back entrance to take pressure off congestion at the 41 entrance.

"Just to keep it light up on 41 so we don't have the major traffic flow problem out there," explained Lt. DeHart.

Those who do use the 41 entrance haven't had any trouble at all.

"Not a bit," noted Larry Goldman. "I came up 41, got right off, got right in and parked, heading in, going to the races tonight. See some races and eat some good food."

Officials credit the security team and the ticket takers for the lack of issues.

"It's been an uneventful fair which is a good thing for us," Lt. DeHart said.

Entrance into the fairgrounds is $5 per car load.
But if you walk to the fair, it will cost $5 per person.

It's the fair's attempt to get people to refrain from crossing US41

Weekly parking passes cost $10.

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