Wabash Valley Fair Association looks to the future

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– The Wabash Valley Fair Association appointed Kurt Hamilton as the new fair board president.

Hamilton said he is grateful for the opportunity to lead the fair board this year.

“I really am happy that the board supported me in this and put me in this position. I think we’ve got a lot of really good things to look forward to in 2020,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton said he is looking forward to creating new opportunities at the Vigo Co. Fairgrounds.

“I’d like to see the 4-H program continue to expand and work very closely with them and we’ve got some new events and I want to make sure that they’re successful,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton said the fair board’s main goal is to provide a safe space for the youth to gather in.

“The 4-H is expanding and we look forward to more new members being involved with that. That’s our main goal there on that fairgrounds is to provide a place for the youth of Vigo County. It expands a lot more than just livestock. There’s a lot of inner city kids that come out and display their projects so we really enjoy that part of it,” said Hamilton.

One of the fairgrounds’ largest events, the Schied Diesel Extravaganza, moved to Lyons, IN, last year.

The board hopes their new collaboration with Bad-X Diesel will bring out the same crowd.

“We have been approached by bad-x diesel they are bringing in an event in may. They’re going to have a new diesel event, so we hope that grows into a really big event,” Hamilton said.

Mike Morris, former fair board president, said he is excited to see what the board will achieve in the upcoming year.

“What I’m excited about this year is that the other people that are on the board are excited. We’ve got a lot of community involvement back into it. They’re excited. They’re having a good time. I think the new president has a long history with the fairgrounds and he wants to bring a lot of things to the facility,” said Morris.

In addition to the Bad-X Diesel event, the board plans to have a Jeep Rally and a World of Outlaws event along with the annual Vigo Co. Fair this summer.

The fair board plans to use the income from these events to maintain the fairgrounds and expand their 4-H program.

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