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Dairy barn spruced up with patriotic flair


FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL)-- A Fayette County family has given their barn a patriotic flair.

When it was time to re-roof, they decided to give the roof a sparkle and it's attracting attention.

The roof of an old dairy barn at the Steinlage farm outside West Union now has a roof adorned with stars and stripes.

It's built to scale with 13 stripes and 50 stars that can be seen from afar.

The roof had been deteriorating so when the time came to replace it, old glory came to mind.

''It's kind of hard to miss if you know what you're looking for and the best view is from 210th Street. Everybody wonders why we did it on the south side. Well, the north side has cupelos and all that. This was a nice open sheet and it just fit,'' said barn owner, Loran Steinlage.

A little light reflection makes the stars sparkle.

Steinlage says he built it as a tribute to his dad's service during the Berlin Ultimatum in the 1960's, but it's also helped the family through a trying year.

''Rolan was diagnosed in January with a brain tumor. He's underwent radiation and chemo. It's kept our spirits up and something to look forward to. We've had a lot of fun with it,'' said Steinlage.

Steinlage says he's had several planes and helicopters fly over to look at the barn.  A local bank wants to take an aerial photograph to use in a calendar.

He says he only requests those who want to use the barn for commercial purposes make a worthy donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Online Anchor/Reporter:  Bob Waters

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