Since its inception over 30 years ago, the Log Cabin Compound inside the Sandusky County Fairgrounds has been a "work in progress" for the visionaries as well as fairgoers. The 2011 Sandusky County Fair saw the debut of the latest addition to the compound — a combination church and school house building.
In earlier times, pioneers erected a building within their settlement that served as a schoolhouse through the week, a town meeting hall, as well as a church on Sunday mornings. With a primitive log cabin, a barn, blacksmith shop, general store and other structures already on site, volunteers of the compound thought a building such as a church and schoolhouse would help complete the look back on history.
|Log Cabin Compound inside the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.|
The original log structure of the building was donated to the fair board by the Bender family of rural Fremont. It was carefully and meticulously dismantled, and transported to the fairgrounds. With the foundation and the first beams set shortly before the 2009 fair, visitors were able to see the progress as the structure took shape over the next two years. In 2011, the building was opened for tours during the fair, and featured a pulpit made from a hollowed out tree stump, benches carved from wood and a vintage wood stove. Completing the decor even more, a donated bell was placed in the steeple, of which fairgoers hear ringing throughout each day of the fair.
According to Log Cabin compound volunteers, this new addition to the compound could possibly be utilized in the future for small wedding parties or other gatherings.
Fair directors are quick to point out, the Log Cabin area would not be possible if not for the volunteer brigade headed up by committee members Wayne Smith, Casey Conley and Jeff Hammer. Many hours are spent every year on maintenance and upkeep, just to prepare and ready the area for one busy week each year. In an effort to raise funds for necessary maintenance expenses, the Log Cabin committee and volunteers sell old-fashioned draft root beer every day during the fair, as well as sweet corn on the cob, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The General Store also sells candy and other treats to visitors.
In addition to touring the various structures, fairgoers are able to observe a wide variety of primitive crafts and demonstrations, such as chair caning, basket weaving and quilting, spinning, flower and herb gardens and much more. Visitors will also see a working blacksmith shop, wood working and carving, Indian beads and jewelry, as well as other crafts. A covered wagon and animals will also be on display.