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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard says it’s considering purchasing fairgrounds that have sat rotting and unused for years just south of town center.

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Berkshire leaders are considering the return of horseracing to Great Barrington. The possibility is raising a number of questions.

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The owner of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds and a former Sheffield, Massachusetts town official has been charged with vandalizing a local business’ excavating equipment.

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    Once a seasonally vibrant site for agriculture, concerts, horse racing and other dynamic community events, the Great Barrington Fairgrounds site has sat dormant for the majority the past 35 years.

In December 2012, the 57-acre property was purchased by Sheffield couple, Bart and Janet Elsbach. Now a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization, the mission of GBFG is to preserve and restore the environmental health of the Fairgrounds site and to provide agricultural, educational, recreational and other beneficial opportunities to the local community and to visitors. Great Barrington Fairgrounds will present a banquet “barn-raising” brunch on Sunday, September 21st at 12:00pm at Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Mass.

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A traveling youth circus is performing at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds as the group makes its way throughout the Northeast. The fairground owners hope the event can boost redevelopment efforts to make the space a community hotspot once again.

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A group of people are trying to reclaim the long-dormant Great Barrington Fairgrounds.