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Annual event finds new home on Baton Rouge Rd.

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Don’t go to Grant County Park in Crittenden looking for the fair this year.

It has moved.

The Grant County Fair has a new home on Baton Rouge Road, off Arnie Risen Boulevard, in Williamstown, called the Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds.

“I think the public is going to be pretty surprised when they see our new home,” said Fair Board President Bill Cull. “But they need to be patient. Not everything is done like we want but we ran into a time crunch because of the wet weather this spring.”

A new fairgrounds has been the dream of the fair board for several years and was finally possible with state grant money and donations.

The new fairground has more space for parking, rides, vendors and events. The site features five buildings including the Dills Family Educational Center, Grant County Deposit Bank Pavilion, an amphitheatre and the Jessie Mitts Floral Hall.

Fairgoers will park in the front of the grounds in the grass and will walk to entrance gates where the $8 admission price will be collected.

Cull said there will be shuttles and golf carts available. Handicapped parking will be closer to the events.

The new site features four lanes to allow vehicles to enter and exit.

“There might be a bottle neck getting out to Arnie Risen, but hopefully at some point Baton Rouge will be upgraded and traffic will get better,” Cull said.

Cull suggested that those coming to see the demolition derby or truck and tractor pulls should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

“There’s seating, for about 6,000, on the grass so no one should complain they can’t see,” he said.

He believes the new location, adjacent to Interstate-75, will bring more people to the event.

“We feel like it will become one of the top fairs in the state of Kentucky as it grows,” he said.

The fair board also plans to host other events during the year such as a farmer’s market, demolition derby or truck/tractor pull events.