Students renovating fairgrounds barns

By Genine Hopkins

7-5-13 clare county fairgrounds get boost

Left to Right:  Danielle Keysor and Amanda Brandenburg sweep up the older barn that sits right on Business 127 near Townline Lake Road.  The two hope to have the barn fully painted by the time the Clare County Fair starts on July 28th.

Passerbys on Business 127 might notice some renovation at the Clare County Fairgrounds barns that are next to Georgio’s Pizzeria.  Two HHS graduates/MMCC students, have been working roughly five hours each day, weather permitting, to refurbish the old barns that are used to house horses for the Harness Racing events during the Clare County Fair.

Amanda Brandenburg and Danielle Keysor are hoping to have their project – which includes cleaning, scraping old paint and applying new paint – completed by July 29th, the day the Clare County Fair begins this year.

“We had about four or five people that were going to help, but unfortunately they ended up having other commitments.  We hope that we can partner with the inmates who volunteer here and also maybe Michigan Works volunteers for moving the many picnic tables out of the barns and also on painting day,” said Brandenburg.

So far they have successfully scraped all the paint and have begun to plan the other phases.  The two would like to thank the Fair Board for allowing them to begin the project and Harrison Lumber and Clare’s ACE Hardware for donating paint for the building.  Additionally, Danielle’s father will be helping to repair the few boards that are in need of reinforcement.

“Both of us just want to make sure that visitors to Clare County will see our best foot put forward.  We also hope to get a sign made that says ‘Welcome to Clare County Fairgrounds’ and will be looking for donations to see this through.”

Brandenburg and Keysor will also be holding a fundraiser for the Clare County Veterans Freedom Park on July 28, 2013, at the VFW Post #1075, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  All donations will be forwarded to the Veterans Freedom Park board.

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