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Ad hoc formed to look at long-term future/sustainability of Alpena fairgrounds

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An ad hoc committee has been formed to essentially study the future and long-term sustainability of the Alpena County Fairgrounds.

Four commissions make up the committee, which was formed Tuesday.

County Chairman Bob Adrian says the committee will look at the fairgrounds as a whole to basically come back with a recommendation on what’s working and what’s not working. For example, the county is not making money by offering camping, he says.

The committee will also look closely at bills associated with the annual county fair; and at a recent decision to allow a group of equestrian enthusiasts to turn the ball field into an outdoor horse arena for shows and possibly other events, such as rodeos.

Adrian, a former assistant fire chief for the City of Alpena, is also very concerned with the age of the grandstands at the fairgrounds, which he estimates are 70 to 80 years old. “I think we might need to get an engineer in there to see if it’s safe for the public, or if we need to do something to make it safe,” he added.

Adrian wants the committee to look at all facets of the fairgrounds for the future. He wants to know if there are opportunities to grow the facility, things that should be discontinued, and whether there are any significant maintenance issues.