Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – County Attorney Jeff Edwards stopped the county’s pursuit of 91 acres adjoining Mike Miller Park as the price escalated beyond $290,000. Edwards was bidding on behalf of the Marshall County Park Board, which had hoped to acquire the property at auction.
But the parcel attracted much of the attention at Thursday’s auction. The sale of more than 200 acres of the Peck estate was conducted by James R. Cash.
If the county had been successful, plans for the property included construction of a new fairground. The property was a little more than 91 acres in two tracts– 45.098 acres and 45.893 acres.
“We were disappointed,” said Judge Executive Mike Miller. “We would have loved to see our fairground out there, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We thought we had a pretty good price, but we went as high as we could go.”
Members of the fair board met last week to discuss how much the county could afford. The meeting was held in executive session.
“I think it’s unfortunate,” said commissioner Misti Drew. “This community has always relied on tourism and this property could have done so much for our tourism industry.”
Currently, the county fair is held at H.H. Lovett Park in Benton. The park board does currently have its own fairground facilities.