A number of heated and air-conditioned buildings to attract events year-round — including the possibility of luring Hamvention back to Montgomery County — factor heavily into plans unveiled Monday for the county’s new fairgrounds in Jefferson Twp.
As the fair opened for the 165th and last time on South Main Street in Dayton, John Yancik, president of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society Board of Directors, said the new $15 million build-out at Arthur O. Fisher Park would help the fair hold onto existing business and bring in new events.
“I’d like to see the ham (radio) convention come back to Montgomery County,” Yancik said. “It’s an economic driver and it started here. So why shouldn’t it come back from Greene County?”
The world’s largest amateur radio convention — bringing up to $14 million in spending to the region annually — was held at the Greene County Fairgrounds this year after long-time host Hara Arena shut its doors.
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