Farm Progress

Friday Avenue has been repaved with recycled tires.

August 30, 2017

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IMPROVEMENTS: One of the most noticeable improvements to the site is Friday Avenue, which was repaved with recycled tires.

Farm Science Review’s three-day farm show is one of the biggest in the U.S. Ever wonder what happens at the site the other 362 days of the year?

Lots of improvement projects are underway to keep the area in tip-top shape for the following year.

Recent improvements include upgrading drainage in the demonstration fields, planting pollinator plants around the exhibit areas, enhancing vendor electrical services, repaving Friday Avenue and restoring the streambed in the Gwynne Conservation Area to stop erosion, says Garrett Nowak, the new site manager. Nowak was named to his position in February after being involved with the Review since 2009.

Of all the developments taking place for this year’s show, the changes to the main road running down the center of the exhibit area may be the most noticeable. Thanks to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant, Friday Avenue has been repaved with recycled tires.

All the streets in the Review exhibit area at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center are evaluated each year to determine which areas need the greatest attention. Friday Avenue is the main road through the Review exhibit area, so repaving it will help the many people who use it.

“Having hard surface roads for the farm show make the site more accessible to visitors and exhibitors,” says Nowak. A good-quality surface also reduces dust and assists greatly during wet weather, both of which are likely during Ohio Septembers.

For several years, the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District has partnered with the Review on recycling efforts at the show, and this year the organization provided the asphalt, which uses recycled tire material.

“Asphalt mix is a great outlet for discarded tires, and the Review is a great place to showcase the use of the product,” Nowak says.

Source: Katerina Sharp, OSUE

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