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Pioneer Village Busy in Fair Week

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It's been a great State Fair week for Pioneer Village...run by the Ward County Historical Society.

But it almost didn't happen.

It took a win in court for Pioneer Village to stay standing.

Perry Olson has more.

 This -- almost didn't happen this year... Fairgoers enjoying Pioneer Village...

(Bruce Brooks - Ward County Historical Society) "We are very happy to be here and we are happy the decision went the way that it did."

(Perry Olson - KX News) "The NDSF had hoped to remove the Ward County Historical Society in the months leading up to this year's State Fair, but the Historical Society won that court battle...and they say this year's fair has been a big success." (Bruce Brooks - Ward County Historical Society) "A lot of people have come through and a lot of people really like it."

That long battle over the winter has made this year's fair perhaps a little more special for Historical Society officials like Brooks. Had they been evicted from this land, they could never reach the people they do now...

(Bruce Brooks - Ward County Historical Society) "If it weren't for being at the fair, we wouldn't get nearly the number of visitors that we get because they can walk in. Come over and take a break and see some interesting and new things this year." (Bruce Brooks - Ward County Historical Society) "We have always thought of ourselves as pretty much a free stage. People can relax and come over and just take it easy."

Going forward, there is still a bit of a cloud that hangs over Pioneer Village...but...

(Bruce Brooks - Ward County Historical Society) "I feel better because of the decision that was made. Anything that is going to happen has to go back to the court and we still feel everything is on our side."

For now -- Brooks is just happy to see people enjoy the village. At the Fair, Perry Olson, KX News. 

Brooks says they are currently waiting to see if the State Fair Board appeals the ruling.

As of today, that hasn't happened.

The Fair hopes to use the land currently occupied by Pioneer Village for future fairground growth.

 

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