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The show will go on

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By Shannon Brock

The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show will go on as planned despite damages the Legion Park grandstand sustained during Monday night's storm, said Terry Rice, Kentucky's public relations director for the American Legion and a Lawrenceburg resident.

"At our meeting (Tuesday) night, we even added another class (to the horse show), so it will be bigger and better than ever," Rice said.

Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph removed what appeared to be a 100-foot section of the grandstand's roof and destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation. The field is a memorial to Kentucky soldiers killed in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The high winds ripped off the section of the roof and sent it flying to a nearby storage building -- a building that would soon be converted into office space for the Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, Rice said.

"So that set us back on that, too," he said.

But all of the fair and horse show events will still go on and the Healing Field will be rebuilt, Rice said.

"Mark my word, it will be done," he said.

The Legion and Auxiliary will replace the flag poles at the Healing Field with stronger poles, but unfortunately, stronger also means more expensive, Rice said.

"We're going to need 75 poles, and that will cost about $18,000," he said.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Healing Field can mail checks to the American Legion Auxiliary at P.O. Box 114, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. Checks should be earmarked for the Healing Field.