UPDATE: New Board Overseeing Ritchie County Fairgrounds/Pennsboro Speedway

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UPDATE 2/6/2014 5:10 PM

It used to be one of the top dirt tracks in the country.

Now there might be new way to rev-up the old Pennsboro Speedway.

There's been a nearly four-year legal battle over who controls the fairgrounds, where the speedway is also located.

Recently, a judge ordered a public vote and a new board was chosen to oversee those properties.

The speedway hasn't hosted a race since 2001.

Two of the new board members want to restore the land to its original condition.

But they also want to see the return of the Ritchie County Fair, which has been held in Harrisville during the dispute.

"It just celebrated its 127th birthday," says newly elected board member Ashley Ness. "It's been neglected a lot in the last 20 years or so, and it's going to take some time and a lot of volunteering and backing from the community, which I think we saw Friday night is there."

Ness and fellow board member Ronnie Dodd say the site has been open only to private events in recent years.

The original Ritchie County Agriculture and Fair Association had tried to sell the property, before the issue went to court.

Hundreds took part in the vote last Friday in the small community of about 1,100 people.

By a seven to one margin, they decided to replace the old board with the new one.


UPDATE 12/10/2013 4:50 PM

A more than three year fight over the Ritchie County Fairgrounds and Pennsboro Speedway comes to an end.

A resolution agreed upon Tuesday says the property can only be sold with court approval and there will be an election held for a board of directors of the Ritchie County Agriculture and Fair Association.

Association members voted in 2010 to sell the property, saying they couldn't afford to repair it.

But a lawsuit was filed against the sale.

The election for the board of directors will be held at 5 p.m. January 31.

Anyone who lives in Ritchie County can vote.

The location hasn't been determined.


Pennsboro, W.Va. (AP) -- Some Ritchie County residents are fighting plans to sell the Pennsboro Speedway.

The effort is led by Frank Wilson Jr., who claims the speedway's owner just wants to cash in on the property.

The speedway is owned by the Ritchie County Agricultural and Fair Association. It hasn't hosted a race since 2002 and association officials say the property is in poor shape.

Association members voted to sell the 31-acre site earlier this year. Treasurer Lewis Cottrill says the organization doesn't have the means to renovate the property.

Holmes Shaver, the property's realty listing agent, says the site's proximity to U.S. 50 makes it attractive. But he says prep work to make the property desirable would cost a lot of money.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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