Land-seeking efforts continued into 1999 with the purchase of the 158 acre Evans farm which bordered the south side of the existing fairgrounds property. This was made possible through the board’s efforts in obtaining an $84,475.00 capital improvements grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture and a $1,000,000.00 grant through Ohio FEMA. This brought the total acres now owned by the fair board to over 250 acres.
Also, in 1999, a special committee entitled the Relocation Committee was appointed to work and plan for the relocation of the fair grounds and campgrounds to the Evans farm property. This committee, from the fall of 1999 through late 2003, met over forty times and spent countless hours in planning for the new campgrounds and fair grounds.