Hancock County weighing plans for new $30M fairgrounds

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Leaders of a central Indiana county say they need more details before backing plans for a new $30 million fairgrounds.

The Hancock County project is proposed for more than 200 acres of county-owned farmland along U.S. 40 just east of Greenfield. The not-for-profit Hancock County Exposition Complex Corp. would lease the land and build a multipurpose exposition center, two arenas and six rental barns. A large outdoor amphitheater, a grand gazebo and large retention pond also are planned.

Supporters said the facility would be used year-round, not just for the annual county fair.

Two county commissioners said Tuesday night after a 2-1/2-hour meeting on the proposed project that they weren't comfortable signing the lease until they knew more about financing for the project, the Daily Reporter of Greenfield reported.

The plan under consideration would be double the size of the current county fairgrounds at 620 N. Apple St. in Greenfield.

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