The Gibson County Fair brings more than one-hundred fifty years of tradition. Now, this community braces for change.
"The floor had completely rotted away."
When fair week ends, a multimillion dollar upgrade project to the grounds begins.
For people like Dan Gilbert, change could not come soon enough. "Our building, over the years, has even tilted towards the east because of the west wind," says Gilbert.
Food booths like his, are decades old. This year the electricity did not work, a new floor had to be put in, and the wobbly building had to be propped back in place. The project includes improving the ground's infrastructure and tearing down several buildings, with new ones built in their place.
"Change is different. Does that mean change is bad? Some people will think it's bad. Some people have not been in favor of this project. Over all, I think it will be a real boom to the community. They will see all of the resources it brings, and all of the possibilities it will open up. I think its a great thing," says Gilbert.
It will be a few years until the food booths can move into one of the new buildings. The upgrade project will be completed in phases over the next four years. Gilbert says it will be worth the wait.
Fair Board members plan to have a brand new 4H center up, in time for next year's fair. "Looking forward to it," says Mike Jones.
The facility will serve the community year round, unlike the current one. "It's much needed. I don't think we have anything of a good size here in Gibson County to hold events during the winter months," says Jones.
Upgrades to the Gibson County Fair grounds, hope to keep this event going for another one-hundred fifty years to come.