Replacing Town’s Historic Landmark


It’s been more than a week since Vermillion County lost one of its prized possessions, the old  wooden grandstands at the fairgrounds.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation however the town is looking to move forward.

While crews swept up debris and the ground where the grandstands once stood is now level. Any trace of the once cherished landmark is gone, But memories will never be replaced.

“From 1933 to present day there’s a lot of fond memories and a lot of time that has been spent at the grandstands,” said Cayuga First Financial VP, Bill Hartman.  
“We have generations of people that has come accustom to that grandstand. People would come from all over just to even look at the grandstand because like I said, it’s the oldest and largest in the state of Indiana. At least it was,” said Town Council President Ron Brink.

Now the time has come to look to the future instead of the past. A public meeting is planned for this Friday to make sure all the officials are on the same page as they determine the next steps.

Ron Brink, Town Council President: “The biggest thing is is to get everybody in one place and get everybody on the same page. Right now there’s a lot of people going different directions and we want everybody put together as one,” said Brink.

While the town doesn’t know if they’ll start with a temporary or permanent fix, a donation fund has already been set up.
“There’s been a bank account set up for the Cayuga Grandstand Replacement at First Financial Bank in Cayuga,” said Brink.

“We’ve had so far a donation come from California already,” said Hartman.

Because the grandstands had such an impact, folks from all over have already started donating…

“We’ve had people from across the nation so the old grandstands at what it has meant means a lot to people,” said Hartman.

Donations are being accepted at all First Financal Banks.

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