POINT PLEASANT — The 2019 Mason County Fair had several new amenities this year due to $38,760 in awards from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation.
The theme for these recent additions was “cool, clean and contained” and consisted of a cooling room worth $4,000, a shower station worth $18,0000, poultry cages worth $2,8000 and hog pens worth $13,960.
The cooling room was created to be a temporary reprieve from the heat for heat sensitive fair goers, including the elderly, infants and toddlers, as well as those with special needs. Located in the Commercial Exhibits building, it has two entrances, seating, tables and plenty of cool air wafting throughout the space. The room is shared with photographic arts and art exhibits.
“We had some warm days and when people discovered there was a place to cool down, it soon became very popular,” said Mason County Fair President Shawn Paugh. “The fair board received real good feedback on using the room, having a cool place to sit and eat as well as charge cell phones.”
The perpetually open cooling room can accommodate approximately 120 people. It was open the entire fair week and has been the site of bingo games associated with the Mason County Fair.
The shower station was constructed in the camping area for use by exhibitors, fair goers, event workers and vendors. The shower station consists of three shower stalls each for men and women, plus sinks and commodes.
“We recognize that families move into the fairgrounds and spend the whole week at the fair,” said Claflin Foundation President Stephen Littlepage. “This is a nice facility that takes care of basic needs for people who are involved in the fair.”
With an installed climate control unit, the facility can be used year-round for other events, such as concerts and motorcross competitions.
The hog pen project had help from the Claflin Foundation and the Mason County Career Center’s (MCCC) welding and drafting teachers and students. Although the Claflin Foundation provided $13,960 for the purchase of supplies, MCCC Welding Instructor Brent Hereford directed the design, construction and installation of the pens.
The Claflin Foundation’s board was delighted to have this collaborative effort with the MCCC and the Mason County Fair.
“It was a tremendous success for our county’s youth and we will continue to pursue collaborative projects,” said Littlepage.
The hog barn has 156 new pens in this first phase of replacing hog pens.
The newly installed poultry cages addressed the growing number of exhibitors in the poultry division. The addition of 24 cages expanded poultry capacity. An award of $2,800.00 provided for the purchase of the cages which stack on top of one another for maximum use of space.
“The Mason County Fair draws people of all ages and the Claflin Foundation is proud to provide grants to the fair which help benefit the fair goers, exhibitors, vendors, and animals,” said Littlepage. “We look forward to seeing more grant requests from the fair board.”