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Partnerships and sponsors fully fund $375,000 project at Jefferson County Fairgrounds

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 MADRAS PIONEER  - The Jefferson County Fair Board members, from left, Kent Cook, Chuck Patterson, Al Short and Terry Weitman, wield their golden shovels to break ground on the fair's new show barn. The $375,000 project is fully funded by sponsors and partners.

Marking another step in turning a dream into reality, about 30 people gathered at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, to break ground for the fair's new BiMart Show Barn.

"I'm super excited to be part of this project," said Fairgrounds Event Coordinator Brian Crow, "and really stoked to get shovels in the ground and get started."

At 14,000 square feet, this structure will be the biggest building constructed at the property in over 70 years. It will feature state-of-the-art LED lighting, lots of electrical outlets, water spigots, a sound system, WiFi, and an ADA viewing area.

"In 2020, we had to take down the old Livestock Barn, which was in very poor shape and became unsafe to occupy. At the same time, we began dreaming about what we could do to replace that lost structure," said Crow. "It is a true partnership with the community to make this $375,000 structure come to fruition."

IMAGE COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIR - Artist rendering of the new show barn at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. A groundbreaking was held Sept. 15.
Sponsors as partnerships have fully funded the project. BiMart gave $100,000 to the project, followed by Bright Wood Corporation with $70,000, and Plateau Travel Plaza will pitch in $50,000 over the next 10 years.

Other contributors include The City of Madras, Jefferson County Livestock Association, the Law Offices of Jered Reid, Signet Realty, Abbas Well Drilling, Madras FFA Alumni, and the Wilbur-Ellis Company.

Originally slated to be completed in time for the 2021 Jefferson County Fair, a steel supply chain issue delayed the beginning of construction. The county rented a large tent to serve as the show barn for this year's fair.

Several people attending the event took turns with ceremonial golden shovels: State Sen. Lynn Findley, Jefferson County Commissioners, Fair Board members, commercial sponsors, and Triple C Construction, who will construct the building.

Crow says they expect to finish the project by the end of the year, weather permitting.

To keep up with progress on the project, people can follow the fairground's Facebook page at: facebook.com/jeffersoncountyfaircomplex.


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