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Fair board to have cross country teams use grounds

BAZETTA — The Trumbull County Fair Board wants to provide space at the fairgrounds to allow for cross country competitions for school districts and are waiting to hear back from coaches and sports officials.

Board President Bud Rogers said at a special fair board meeting Thursday, arrangements can be made for smaller-scale cross country meets and events at the fairgrounds, with people able to watch the competitions from inside their parked vehicles.

He said representatives from sports teams from Maplewood and McDonald were at the meeting, with plans discussed for the coaches to meet and collaborate on scheduling events at the fairgrounds.

Rogers said the plan will include having cross country meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the fairgrounds, with social-distancing guidelines and other safety protocols in place.

He said the fair board is waiting to hear back from the coaches associations for what schools districts will be taking part and what teams will be involved.

In other business, with the success of the drive-thru food vendor events held in June, on July 4 and last weekend, plans are to hold two additional ones on Sept. 19 and 20 and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Rogers said the event July 31 had rain, but it was still well attended and the Fourth of July event drew many crowds to the various food vendors.

He said the food vendors are spaced far enough apart that people can pull up in their cars and order what they want without getting out of vehicle. He said being spaced far enough apart at the fairgrounds also helps prevent cars from being backed up from the nearby main roads leading into the fairgrounds.

Fair board members said the food frenzy events have been very popular and have helped the vendors recoup money from other summer events that were canceled.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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