Behind the racetrack at The Great Stoneboro Fair, members of the community are working on rebuilding a small concession stand that once stood there.
“Well I got a call, it was about 5:30 in the morning, saying our booth was gone,” said Lakeview High School Softball Coach Alan Herrmann.
The stand for Lakeview High School’s softball team was destroyed by fire on August 16.
“I was just sick. Saying, ‘Oh no, what are we going to do now?” Herrmann said.
Stoneboro Police Chief Charles Turik, Jr. says two men, both juveniles, were arrested for the crime, all thanks to an anonymous tip.
They are both charged with arson.
“I just hope they can learn from their mistake. They’ve got a lot of life ahead of them,” Herrmann said.
The softball team uses the stand to sell food during the fair. It’s one of their primary fundraising tools as they prepare for the spring season.
As soon as the fire ended, the community took action.
“I called Alan on Friday morning and said, ‘Hey, is this something you’d be interested in?” said Shawn Bell, from Maple Lane Farm charity.
The charity donated a new shed and members of the Stoneboro community are donating money, supplies and their time to help set up the stand before the fair starts.
“This is a big fundraiser for them. What they use this for is money to go for spring training. I never dreamed everything we’d be receiving. The compassion and all that we’re getting from the people, it’s crazy,” Herrmann said.
Shirley McIntire, Stoneboro Fair president, says this could have been a lot worse.
“I kept telling the gentlemen there will be good out of this. We don’t know what yet, but there will be good,” she said.
The stand sits close to one other stand and an old wooden house.
If the wind had been blowing in a different direction that night, McIntire says they could have lost a lot more.
The fair is set to being on August 29.