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UPDATE: Pennsboro Speedway Election to Be Held Friday

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The election for the Ritchie County Agricultural and Fair Association Board of Directors will be held Friday night.

The 13 member board of directors will decide what is done with the Pennsboro Speedway and fairgrounds.

More than 40 people are running for a spot on the board of directors.

Any resident of Ritchie County can vote tonight at the Pennsboro Women's Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Pennsboro Speedway has been a part of the community for more than 100 years and in the 1980's it was home to the Dirt Track World Championships and has a rich history.

"February 3 will be the 127th birthday of the Ritchie County Fairgrounds, it's the oldest fairgrounds in the state of West Virginia. Some of the races that were held here were some of the biggest races in the United States," explained Ashley Ness with the Ritchie County Fairgrounds Incorporated.

Even after all of that history and the business brought to Ritchie County from the speedway and fairgrounds, it was still closed to the public, and in 2010 a for sale sign went up.

"Driving down the road here one morning we saw the for sale sign out front of the race track. How can you sell something that belongs to the community is what everybody asked immediately. It should have never come up for sale. It should have been put up for a vote with the right boards and handled the right way," said Ness.

That's when Ness and Ritchie County Fairgrounds Incorporated stopped the sale and went to court.

"We had a long drawn out three and a half years of trying to get it trial. We took it to trial and they made an agreement that we would have an election for the people of Ritchie County to make the decision on where they wanted to take this racetrack," Ness said.

That election will be on Friday. Ness and 62 other people were nominated to be on the board of directors for the Ritchie County Agricultural and Fair Association.

Ness said his group is dedicated to giving the speedway and fairgrounds back to the community.

"This place is very valuable to the Ritchie County community and we really need to breathe some new life into her. We would like to get it fixed back up again so that people can come in here. We can have the Pennsboro Country Roads Festival here; we can have the fair here again. Bring it back up to snuff where we can really start holding events and people can come and start making some money," said Ness.

The election for the 13 member board of directors will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Pennsboro Women's Club.

Anyone who lives in Ritchie County can vote. Nominations will also be taken from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the women's club.

For more information on the election and history click here.

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