The Warren County Fair is less than two weeks away, and there is "a lot to get done in a little bit of time," according to Dave Wilcox, president of the fair's board of directors.
In addition to mowing and other odds and ends that need to be taken care of on a regular basis, Wilcox said he and two others are working full-time on a number of projects.
"It takes all three of us 16 to 18 hours each week to mow," he said. Two workers begin the season on the first of April, and the third starts on May 1; then they work until Nov. 1.
Times Observer photos by Rob Andersen
In the photo above, Jeremy Rulander used a power washer Tuesday to remove a year’s worth of debris from sidewalks around the fairgrounds. In the photo at right, the picnic tables at the Warren County Fairgrounds were painted by eight volunteers using ‘oops’ paint that wasn’t quite the color the purchaser wanted. Costing only one-fourth of what it would have for materials, the tables look great.
The number of people that took part in the All-American Weekend last week left footprints and yellowed grass, according to Wilcox, but time will turn it green again, hopefully by Aug. 6 when the fair begins.
Wilcox said there was a little paving left to be done, and floors in the buildings needed to be swept and washed.
"I don't think the general public has any idea what it takes" to get the fairgrounds ready, he added. In addition to maintenance and upkeep work "we try to get a few upgrades done each year, like repairing old outdated electrical panel boxes, and trying to get electrical lines underground so we don't have all those spider webs overhead."
He said that they just got the roads surfaced with oil and stone, replaced the roof on the livestock complex, installed a new public address system for track events, painted the gates and painted the picnic tables in "every color under the sun, from safety green to hot pink," using 'oops' paint, which is paint that wasn't quite the right color and returned to the store. Oops paint costs five dollars a can, Wilcox said, and gives the picnic tables a festive look.
The stone for the roads was donated by Allegheny Aggregate, and workers from Pittsfield, Brokenstraw and Conewango townships spread it.
In addition to the three full-time workers, Wilcox said that there were around 25 volunteers for weekend work-bees that painted and planted the flower beds.