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Fair Council to celebrate 150 years of harness racing

HARNESS RACING: The Clinton County Fair Council recently announced that its plans to celebrate 150 years of harness racing in 2020.

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

The Clinton County Fair Council will celebrate 150 years of harness racing in 2020 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

As part of the celebration, the fair council plans on creating a "memory wall" in the hallways of the Edward Jones Community Center at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. The council plans for the wall to focus on the history of the Clinton County Fairgrounds and for it to feature recent photographs taken during harness racing on the John “Doc” McClain Harness Racing Track.

According to a press release sent by the fair council, there is also an effort to collect photographs "that reflect on the rich heritage of the fairgrounds," including 4-H, Extension Homemakers, and the many other activities held on the grounds. Of special interest to the fair council are photos of the old wooden grandstand which burned circa 1968, the Home Ec. Building which burned in 1973 and any other structures which no longer stand.

Clinton County Fair Council Vice President Lee Anthrop says that families and individuals are encouraged to email photos as .jpeg files to fair@clintonco.com. Those who wish to loan photos which are on 35 millimeter slides, prints or saved on disk may notify the fair council of their availability by emailing them at fair@clintonco.com or by phone at 659-6380, ext. 1810.

“Once we receive notification of a contribution, a representative of the fair council will contact the donor for delivery,” Anthrop said. “At this time there is no deadline, however a deadline will be set this fall.”

The fair council added that prints will be collected, processed and returned as soon as possible.