Those currently training at the fairgrounds include Doris Lineweaver, Betsy Brown and Lawrence Marston, and the fairgrounds has been headquarters for the Lineweaver family for more than 70 years. Doris Lineweaver is the third generation to train Standardbreds at this location.
The barn was a total loss; the fire originated in the middle of the structure and spread in both directions. Only a few stalls at either end remain unscathed. The majority of racing equipment and other barn essentials were destroyed, as were race bikes and jog carts.
Fortunately, the lone horse stabled on the grounds were removed in time and were unhurt, although two dogs perished in the fire.
It is not immediately known whether the fair association will rebuild the barn or if racing during the county fair this coming August will be conducted.
The Shenandoah County Fair is the only venue in Virginia that showcases harness racing -- other than Colonial Downs in New Kent -- and has done so for more than 100 years.
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