Fair show barn construction delayed
As a result of a delay in building supplies, the new fair show barn will not be completed in time for the Jefferson County Fair next month.
"Our local contractor is ready to get started, but there is a supply delay at the manufacturer, Pacific Building Systems," said Fairgrounds Coordinator Brian Crow. "I suspect it is because with the volatile price of lumber, the demand for steel buildings has risen greatly."
In 2020, the old livestock barn was torn down. Crow said it was in very poor shape and was unsafe to occupy. Through a coalition between Jefferson County, 4-H, FFA, the Jefferson County Livestock Association, and the Jefferson County Fair Board, plans started taking shape for something new.
In March, the Jefferson County Commission approved construction of a new show barn structure that would offer more opportunities for 4-H and FFA students to show and sell their animals and new rental opportunities for the fairgrounds.
Plans call for a show barn measuring 100-feet-wide by 140-feet-deep to be located in the field just south of the current show barn. It will be constructed out of steel. The cost for the project is $376,825. Triple C Contracting, LLC was awarded the contract for construction.
The show barn and other fairgrounds upgrades are being supported substantially through sponsorships and donations, Crow said.
They had anticipated that the barn would be completed by July 1.
"We have decided to not break ground on it until after fair. It will be much safer if there isn't a construction zone in the middle of it," Crow said.
When the fair board meets this week, they will work with 4-H, FFA and the Livestock Association to find the best solution for a temporary show ring for the upcoming July 21-24 fair.
"A tent is one of the ideas we will be talking about," Crow said.
The NPRA rodeo is scheduled for Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 of fair. The fair board has decided to proceed with the rodeo as they would on a normal year in the hopes that Jefferson County will be in the "lower" risk category. Crow said they will adhere to the guidance coming from the governor's office and Oregon Health Authority.
"We are all excited to gather again and celebrate," Crow said. "Our fair board, staff and volunteers are all working hard to make it feel as normal as possible."
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