Group clearing debris at fairgrounds

Ohio Operating Engineer’s Association making improvements to west side

By Melody Vallieu -

TROY — Things are becoming clearer at the Miami County Fairgrounds.

The fairgrounds are being rid of debris that is on the entire west side of the fairgrounds, thanks to a volunteer group helping make improvements.

The westside of the Miami County Fairgrounds — along the railroad tracks behind areas such as the stadium — are currently being cleared of trees, trash, rocks, and overgrown weeds, such as honeysuckle, according to Nic Rice, head of maintenance.

“They have already removed more than 100 tires, too,” Rice said.

The group performing the volunteer work is the Ohio Operating Engineer’s Association, who are donating their time and supplies to clear the overgrown railroad track area, which is prone to flood and cause issues, according to fair manager Jill Wright. Wright said fair board member Don Black helped facilitate the partnership.

The group, with a handful of workers showing up each day of the work week, is leveling the ground to help with water runoff to the ditch and planting grass seed, and eventually plan to plant new trees and construct fencing, she said.

“You should be able to see the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology and some of the houses in the neighborhood clearly soon from the stadium,” Wright said. “It’s going to all look fantastic when the project is completed.”

Rice agrees. “It’s going to make a noticeable improvement to the backdrop of the fairgrounds,” he said.

Rice said members of the group are journeyman that must put in a certain amount of hours, and volunteers at the site will receive credit for working on the project.

Volunteers began in April and started at the north end, and are working their way southward, and have up to the north end of the track done at this time. Work on clearing the debris will resume after the fair.

Ohio Operating Engineer’s Association making improvements to west side

By Melody Vallieu

Reach Melody Vallieu at or (937) 552-2131.

Reach Melody Vallieu at or (937) 552-2131.