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A plea for preservation of Southern Red Oak Fairgrounds Forest

Act of Nature exacted latest toll, but over the decades neglect has let this invaluable resource decline; writer says we, as a community can do better than that
Comments re photo 43537 Red Oak Jan 21 2012 lightning storm takes old friend

By Billy Joe Fudge

I wish that the Southern Oak Fairgrounds Forest could be sustained to perpetuity. Sadly however, we just don't seem to care as much for our children's and grandchildren's fairgrounds as our forefathers cared about ours.

The huge Southern Oak Fairgrounds Forest that has been providing majesty, shade, a pleasing vista and character for the enjoyment of visitors since before the establishment of the Adair County Fairgrounds has been in a continual state of decline during my entire lifetime. Now, with the death of the largest diameter "Grandfather Tree", the ultimate fate for this indispensable resource is being demonstrated in tragedian fashion.

I know many of you can still remember the huge Southern Red Oaks standing at each end of the Grandstands and at least one behind the Grandstands, not to mention the huge trees standing on the right just across the track. Now that area between the Grandstands and Hwy 206 is a sad paradigm of what the Infield area will ultimately become without some sort of intervention.

It doesn't take much money, just some concern for the future and an awareness of the fact that if this coming calamity is to be avoided a tree planting and maintenance plan must be developed and instituted. If the organizations responsible for our Fairgrounds and we, as a community can do no better, just a couple of balled and burlaped trees planted each year for ten years would be a great start. Surely our children, grandchildren, community and future are worth planting two trees a year

Comments re photo 43537 Red Oak Jan 21 2012 lightning storm takes old friend

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Red Oak: Jan. 21, 2012 lightning storm takes old friend

2012-01-21 - 415 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Bub Polston.
But injured party aims defiant gesture toward sky:"When the thunderstorms rolled through Adair County, KY, last night, (January 20-21) the big Red Oak which stands behind the 1884 Building at the Adair County Fairgrounds was destroyed by lightning." - BUB POLSTON

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