Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Demolition to make room for the fairgrounds began in November 1958. While it was a noisy, exciting scene that attracted neighborhood kids, it was an emotional parting for others. As a band played during demolition of the first home, owner Charles Burkman tearfully said, "There was no band music when we moved into it. I've had enough." In all, more than 200 houses, duplexes, multiplexes and commercial structures were removed.
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