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Kiwanis Gives $50K to Improve Elizabethtown Fair Main Stage

Leaders of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and the Elizabethtown Fair gathered Thursday, May 24, for the presentation of a ceremonial check representing a $50,000 donation from Kiwanis to improve the main stage at the fairgrounds. Shown from left to right are Bob Raub, Kiwanis; Sally Nolt, Elizabethtown Fair secretary; Mike Halterman, Elizabethtown Fair treasurer; Mary Dolan, Kiwanis; Bob Kennedy, Kiwanis; Kenneth Myer, Elizabethtown Fair president; Tanya West, Kiwanis; Matt Swartz, Elizabethtown Fair vice president; Judy Raub, Kiwanis; Bob Messick, Bob Messick, Elizabethtown Fair buildings and grounds manager, and Lou Waleff, Kiwanis.

This year’s Elizabethtown Fair should have a more pleasant experience for the performers on the main stage thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown.

“It’s a complete overhaul of the stage,” said Bob Messick, the fair’s buildings and grounds manager.

The stage is getting a new roof and a new floor and the stage is being extended 8 feet in front. Lights are to be installed and a problem with birds perching on the beams and building nests is to be addressed by putting netting on the beams.Officers and members of the board of directors of the Elizabethtown Fair Board and Committee and the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club gathered at the stage on Thursday, May 24, to present a ceremonial check representing the grant.

Work on the stage has been in progress for about one month and the renovations are starting to become noticeable and are scheduled to be completed by the end of June well in advance of the opening of this year’s Elizabethtown Fair.

This would not be the first connection with the fair for the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown. The trail leads back to Jan. 30, 1951, when the club, then only 4 years old, was instrumental in incorporating the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Community Farm Fair. This fair became a new annual event held on property owned by the Kiwanis Club near Elizabethtown College. The club operated the Community Farm Fair for several years. When presented with the opportunity, the club sold the land and one building to Elizabethtown College. Club members, at that time, established a foundation with the proceeds from the land sale. Today, the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Foundation was able to provide a grant of $50,000 to the Elizabethtown Fair to be used to complete the renovation and improvements to the stage in time for the 2018 Elizabethtown Fair. The Fair Board has agreed to rename the stage as the Kiwanis Stage.

The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club’s members from years ago, took the initial steps to provide funds not only to the Elizabethtown Fair Stage renovation but for scholarships and other community needs. Service to children is the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown’s primary focus; providing books to children, events such as Breakfast with Santa, sponsoring the Key Club at Elizabethtown Area High School and the Circle K Club at Elizabethtown College. Children and adults alike will enjoy fair-time entertainment at a newer improved venue for many fair seasons to come. Kiwanis Club members are pleased with their renewed affiliation with the fair and are looking forward to Fair Week to enjoy the many entertainment options that will be available at the renovated Kiwanis Stage. The fair runs this year from Monday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 25.

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