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Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Thelma Denlinger (left) poses with other fair volunteers.
Kristin Stratman / WYSO

The 165th annual Montgomery County Fair began Monday for the final time on South Main Street in Dayton. Next year’s fair will be held at Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Township.

Montgomery County last year finalized a deal to sell the historic 38-acre fairgrounds site to the University of Dayton and Premier Health.

The $15 million sale included $2 million for preservation of the site’s historic roundhouse.  

Montgomery County has sold its fairgrounds to the University of Dayton and a Premier Health Network.

The university and Premier Health both signed a letter of intent in December to buy the Montgomery County Fairgrounds near Dayton.

The university and Premier will each pay $5.25 million of the purchase price.

Montgomery County is giving the institutions $2 million to restore and reuse a historic roundhouse on the property, and the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority is contributing a $2.5 million state grant to revitalization efforts.

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney

After several years of planning, Montgomery County Agricultural Society officials say the Montgomery County Fair has found a new home at Judge Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Township.

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney

Another milestone was reached Tuesday in the deal to redevelop the Montgomery County fairgrounds site. Premier Health, the University of Dayton and Montgomery County have finalized a purchase agreement on the $15 million sale, which includes $2 million from Montgomery County in exchange for preservation of the site’s historic roundhouse.

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney

The University of Dayton and Premier Health have announced they’ll join together to purchase and redevelop the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

A purchase agreement for the $15 million sale is expected in mid-January, but UD and Premiere Health say they’ll work closely with Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and the Montgomery County Agricultural Society to close on the deal as early as this spring.

The Ohio legislature has approved $2.5 million for the relocation and redevelopment of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds as part of the proposed two-year state budget.

The whole project involves moving the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Brookville and then redeveloping the current location. The result would be a commercial and residential development called Midtown, on Main Street near Miami Valley Hospital.

Miller Valentine

Developer Miller Valentine has released plans for the redevelopment of the 38-acre Montgomery County fairgrounds. The current site of the Montgomery County Fair could become a mixed-use development that resembles The Greene in Beavercreek. 

Dayton's new "Midtown District" would be 60% residential and 40% commercial, including at least one hotel, several restaurants and other retailers, and a 35,000-sq.-ft. grocery store.

Jerry Kenney

The passage of two zoning ordinance changes by the Brookville City Council on Tuesday night paved the way for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to relocate there, but some involved with the project say there is still a lot to do before the move can take place.

Tuesday night’s vote would have taken place two weeks ago, but Brookville City Council tabled it until they could secure funding for a road extension through the fairground. 

Jerry Kenney

The Montgomery County Fairgrounds is getting closer to finding a new home. The Brookville city Council will take a final vote on two zoning ordinances Tuesday that will pave the way for the fairgrounds to move from its current Dayton location to Brookville.

But obstacles remain. Even if the city zoning ordinances are passed, there is an issue surrounding the funding of an access road on the proposed property that could help ease traffic problems in the area.