MARSHALL COUNTY - In an effort to curb concerns that the grounds were not fit to handle hundreds of campers, officials with the Marshall County Fair recently upgraded the electrical connections for the trailers at the site.
The upgrades were approved Wednesday, said Fair Board President Beth Bertram, and campers already were moving in Thursday morning. The upgrades to the electrical system were ordered by the city of Moundsville and were to be completed by June 28. However, delays pushed the project, which cost between $50,000 and $55,000, back to right before the fair's start.
However, the upgrades bring brand new electric service to more than 140 camping spots, which will be filled this weekend by fair-goers. Additionally, 17 permanent spots are being used by workers with the gas and oil industry. Fair officials said several other workers had to leave the campground due to the impending arrival of fair campers, but they believe there should be no issue with the those workers returning when the fair is over.
"We've had a waiting list for a while now," said Wendy Clutter, who works with the fair board. "It worked out because a lot of the companies these workers were here with are now going to other states, so they would have been leaving anyway."