Fairgrounds continue to be upgraded and enhanced
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Its party time and youre invited!
The grandstand at the Ripley County Fairground Park in Osgood has
withstood the test of time and with upkeep and some repair, will
be 100 years old this year. Originally built in 1907 the massive
structure has seated thousands of spectators over the years.
A celebration to mark this century old structure will be held during
this years 4-H fair on Friday night, July 27 at 6:00 p.m.
where a birthday cake will be served in front of the grandstand.
Thats just one unique feature in the park that can be enjoyed
by park goers.
Located in Osgood, the park is open year round offering a
variety of things for people to enjoy. A beautiful playground is
available for families to enjoy and located by the playground shelters
are new barbeque grills, made possible by a grant through the Ripley
County Community Foundation. The playground was purchased by grant
money from the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds Foundation, according
to Park Manager, Julie Brancamp.
Picnic tables recently purchased through the Indiana Department
of Environmental Management (Recycled Product Purchase Grant) now
enhance the park. Were working on another grant for
additional picnic tables, noted Brancamp.
The picnic area along with the buildings are available to hold reunions,
receptions, meetings and other activities. You can reserve the facility
by calling 812-689-6535.
The park board members have been working hard to upgrade and enhance
the facility that is open to all. Present board members are: Bill
Neal Jr., president, Melvin Meisberger, vice-president, Edwin Hunter,
Douglas Thayer, and Warren Bruns. Eudora Henthorn serves as secretary
and Ron Gecks is the caretaker.
Of course the 4-H Fair set for July 21-28 this year is the big event
held annually at the park. However, other groups are coming in and
finding the spacious, well-kept grounds perfect for their event.
This year the F.A.R.M. Club held their annual show for the first
time in Osgood. The Christmas Wonderland, set for December 1 and
2 from 6-9 p.m. features all the scenes of the season and is complete
with Santas arrival on a fire truck.
The grandstand events include racing of all sorts and tractor pulls.
The park has a nice horse barn that can be rented for various events
by calling the park manager.
The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce holds their annual family
night at the fairground park on July 3. There are a variety of vendors,
games, stage entertainment topped by a grand finale of fireworks
The facility continues to improve as grants are obtained. New are
baby changing tables and safety seats, compliments of the RCCF Frank
Tarter Trust grant; new concrete has been installed at the multi
purpose building through grants from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation
and the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds Foundation, and a new sidewalk
by Building #12 makes walking easier thanks to a grant from the
An additional 6.25 acres has been obtained by the park, expanding
opportunities on the west side of the existing property.
A spectacular showmobile free stage is available to rent as well
as a food trailer (the trailer can only be used on the park grounds).
Brancamp is proud of the facility and wants families to take advantage
of the amenities available. She noted that trees have been planted
(Reynolds Foundation grant) and more will be coming. This
is a beautiful park and on behalf of the park board and staff, we
appreciate all the help and support from not only the various foundations
who have provided the money to enhance the facility, but to the
community for their support, volunteers who often do behind
the scene things, clubs and organizations for their dedication
to keep this park going, she commented.
She concluded, we couldnt do it without help from everyone.
This park truly belongs to the community.
For more information or to reserve a building for your event call
812-689-6535, 812-756-0391, or go on-line at www.ripleycounty.com
and click on parks and recreation.
Pictured is the grandstand at the fairgrounds in the
early 1900s. The grandstand was renovated in the 1990s
and will be 100 years old this year.