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Event to raise money for old jail

Oct. 17, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

BURLINGTON, Ohio -- While Elvis has indeed left the building, there will be Elvis impersonators and plenty of food on hand Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the old Lawrence County Jail.

Restoring the old jail, named the county's Bicentennial project 10 years ago, is now being overseen by the Historic Jail Preservation Corporation, said Ed Mollendick, project chairman.

It is the second year in a row the local volunteers working on the project have held a fundraiser. Last year, money was raised to install flooring on the two-story, stone structure built in 1847.

This year, Mollendick said, they're trying to raise money to install interior walls, lighting, heating and air conditioning and a unisex bathroom. If enough money is left over, they also plan to build a kitchenette, he said.

The fundraiser is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Aaron Jackson of Big Guys Barbeque will be on hand as will Dan Fulks with his soup beans and cornbread.

There also will be peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Mollendick said.

An Elvis impersonator contest open to the public is set for 2 p.m., Saturday. There will be cash prizes of $100, $50 and $ 25 for the three best, he said.

Tri-State artists and crafters also are invited to participate. Space is limited. Call Sandra Riley at 740-894-5689.

Donations also are being sought from local individuals and businesses, Mollendick said.

Dave Milem, a Burlington area contractor, installed a roof, period windows and doors to the building during the first three years of the project. Little was done for about six years until the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners appointed the Historic Jail Preservation Corporation to get the project back on track.

The old jail is located in the 7400 block of County Road 1 just off the Burlington-Macedonia Road.

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