BY TIFFANY MARTINEZ,The Express-Star
CHICKASHA — Citizens of Grady County approved the continuation of a quarter-cent sales tax by a vote of 1707 to 512, the funds from which are set to be used for improvements to the Grady County Fairgrounds.
The tax will allow for an expansion proposal that includes a brand new outdoor arena with restrooms, covered bleachers, ticket booths and a new entry structure.
The fairgrounds hosted a watch party in which people were invited to watch the numbers come and witness the results together. Members of the community at each polling site would call in the voting numbers, which were constantly updated via power point in the center of the room. The majority of the watch party consisted of individuals who worked on the election campaign.
According to Grady County citizen Gail Campbell, the events that take place at the fairgrounds are a vital part of all who occupy the county.
“We’ve used the Grady County Fairgrounds for years and it’s an important part of the community,” she said.
Marketing director Peggy McMahan said the fairgrounds are not only used for entertainment but for educational events as well. Her main concern in getting the improvement tax passed, however, was the economic push it would give Grady County.
“The expansion project will undoubtedly increase the economic return for the events that our county holds at the fairgrounds,” she said.
Improvements to the fairgrounds will allow, in addition to other various events, the accommodation for rodeos, horse shows, barrel races, motocross and tractor pulls.