Vandals hit Kennett fairgrounds, reward now offered

By Crystal Britt

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - Vandals in the bootheel are causing a lot of trouble for a lot of people.

Some businesses, a home, and the fairgrounds in Kennett have a fresh coat of paint...not the kind you want though.

Now police are looking for the graffiti artists.

Kennett Mayor Roger Wheeler, who's also on the fair board, says he gets sick to his stomach when he sees the spray paint all over the Delta Fairgrounds.

"They got our stage, some other buildings, our information booth, our office building. There's a lot of surface to be cleaned up," said Roger Wheeler.

Some of the paint will come off with a bit of elbow grease, others will not be such an easy task.

"We'll have to spend a lot of time, energy, and money now to get it repainted," said Wheeler.

At the same time authorities are investigating vandalism at the Sears and the Casey's General Store on Independence Avenue.

Plus, the same type of graffiti can be found on Kremer Jackson's property.

"I don't know why they picked on me. That's the way life goes. Kids out doing mischief you know," said Jackson.

No one can really make out what the graffiti means or stands for at any of the locations.

Regardless, those affected want to see someone held accountable.

"Prosecute them. I don't go for this kind of stuff. I don't bother anybody. I feel like it's just kids with nothing else to do," said Jackson.

Back at the fairgrounds, the Delta Fair is set to kick off at the end of September.

So, clean up is now added to the list of things to get done.

"It's just mischievous vandalism, but it's going to be expensive to repair," said Wheeler.

Wheeler estimates $1500 to $2000 at the fairgrounds alone.

The fair board is now offering a $500 dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Contact the Kennett Police Department if you have any information.

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