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Papers signed today 22 Jul 2016 for sale of AC Fairgrounds

VFW Post Commander Joe Hare tells gathering only step now if for Lindsey Wilson to record the transaction in the Adair County Clerk's office. In a brief statement, he notes the historic importance of today's closing, how the names of the signatories will become a significant part of history
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By Ed Waggener

VFW Commander Joe Hare, officials of Post 6097, Lindsey Wilson Vice President for Financial Affairs Mark Coleman and Notary Jamie McQueary Murrell convened at the Post Hall on the Fairgrounds property to sign documents for the sale of the property to the college. The closing was convened at 5pmCT today, Friday, July 22, 2016.


Commander Hare told the group that it occurred to him how historic the signing was, today, and even 200 years for now. He gave no specifics on the transaction, saying that would come in a few days in statements from the post and another from the college. "But I was thinking on the way over here that 200 years from now, the names on the document will still have significance," he said,"and maybe there will be a renewal of the contract then." Around the table with him from the post and signing the documents were Joe Coffey, Gary Melton, Travis Giles, Robin Woodrum, and Ronnie Holt.

Jamie McQueary Murrell notarized the documents.

Commander Hare said he considered the property transferred with the signing and would be official as soon as the documents are recorded in the Adair County Clerk's office, as early as Saturday, July 23, 2016, but no later than Monday or Tuesday, July 25 or 26, 2016.

There is still no official word on the future of the Adair County Fair.


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Post Commander Joe Hare presides at sale of Fairgrounds



2016-07-22 - VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
A Very Historic Occasion - VFW Post 6097 Commander Joe Hare made brief remarks just prior to the signing and notarization of documents transferring ownership of the Adair County Fairgrounds to Lindsey Wilson College. The signing took place at a meeting starting at 5pmCT. Commander Hare said that after the signing the college will take the documents to be recorded at the Adair County Clerk's office, at which time the transfer will be official. He said that agreement with Lindsey Wilson covers 200 years and and will provide income to the VFW over that period. "That means," he said, "that the names of the people signing it will have significance 200 years from now." Signing the documents for the college, at right, is Mark Coleman, Vice President for Financial Affairs. At left, from left, is the Post's Robin Woodrum, and Ronnie Holt. Other VFW signatories were Joe Coffey, Gary Melton, and Travis Giles. Jamie McQueary Murrell notarized the documents. Details of the transaction are expected early next week.

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Historically important group at Fairgrounds transfer closing



2016-07-22 - VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
It was, Commander Joe Hare said, a historically significant group who signed papers at the closing of the deal transferring the Adair County Fairgrounds to Lindsey Wilson College. Around the table, from left, are Jamie Murrell, the notary; Ada Coffey, standing, aiding husband VFW member Joe Coffey; members Gary Melton, Travis Giles, Robin Woodrum, and Ronnie Holt, Commander Joe Hare, and Lindsey Wilson Vice President for Finance Mark Coleman. The closing took place at a meeting convened at 5pmCT, today, Friday, July 22, 2016. - ED WAGGENER

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VFW member Joe Coffey signs historic fairgrounds document



2016-07-23 - VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Joe Coffey signs one of the documents with his wife, Ada Troutman Coffey and VFW Trustee Gary Melton hold the papers in place. The signing took place at a closing convened at 5pmCT, Friday, July 22, 2016.

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Signatories of historic Adair Fairgrounds pact at VFW Memorial



2016-07-23 - Adair County Fairgrounds, 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener .
Signatories of paperwork necessary for the transfer of the Adair County Fairgrounds to Lindsey Wilson College posed for this documentary picture in front of the VFW Veterans Monument at the entrance to the Fairgrounds. From left Dean Adams, Lindsey Wilson College Vice President, who attended as a witness, and signatories Travis Adams, Joe Coffey, Gary Melton, LW Vice President for Finance Mark Coleman, VFW Post 6097 Commander Joe Hare, Robin Woodrum, and Ronnie Holt. - EW

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VFW's Robin Woodrum waits for next document to sign



2016-07-24 - VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
VFW member Robin Woodrum waited patiently for the next document to sign for transferring ownership of the Adair County Fairgrounds to Lindsey Wilson College. The signing took place at a meeting starting at 5pmCT, Friday, July 22, 2016.

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The 1884 Building at the Adair County Fairground. What next



2016-07-24 - Adair County Fairground, 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
What next for this 132 year old building? A lot of people wonder following the transfer of the property to Lindsey Wilson College on Friday, July 22, 2016. Romantics would hope that it would be moved to a new location and preserved, much as the Morgan School on Scenic KY 704 in Cumberland County was moved to the Dr. Joseph Schickel Park in Downtown Burkesville, KY.

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VFW Commander: Pleasure to work with Lindsey Wilson



2016-07-28 - Adair County Fairgrounds, 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY .
VFW Post 6097 members, from left Joe Hare, Gary Melton, Travis Giles, Ronnie Holt and LWC administrative representatives Dean Adams and Mark Coleman immediately after the land exchange agreement was finalized. Joe Hare said of Lindsey Wilson, "It's been a pleasure to work with Lindsey. We could not have asked to be treated with any more respect." - Venus Popplewell. Photo Friday, 22 Jul 2016. Click Read More accesses story with many photo(s) of historic occasion

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