March 24, 2005

Fair Board Pursuing $10,000 Upgrade To North Restrooms

The facelift at the Scotland County fairgrounds will continue. The fair board announced earlier this month that the restroom facilities at the north end of the grounds will be replaced this summer, just two years after the concession stand and restrooms west of the grandstand were replaced. The organization has earmarked $5,000 for the project. That represents roughly half the estimated cost for replacing the building, which serves the livestock barns.

The remainder of the money for the $10,000 project will be raised through activities by the local 4-H groups, as well as additional community fund-raisers.

Fair board president Phil Aylward indicated the deadline to reach the $10,000 goal is June 1. Anyone wishing to contribute to the new building should contact Aylward, or fair board members Dana Hauk and Tammy Dale, or any 4-H member.

Hauk stated the fair board will once again be selling commemorative bricks to be used in the construction. The personalized blocks will display the names of the donors. Bricks will cost $35 each or $30 per unit when two or more are bought.

This marks the second major renovation at the fairgrounds in the past three years. In 2003 the fair board spent $15,000 to replace the cook shack and grandstand restroom facilities. As is the case with the current project, more than half the money for the construction was donated by the community.

The current plan calls for replacing the brick building that has stood for roughly 50 years outside the northwest corner of the racetrack. Board members have indicated the project will be similar in appearance to the concession stand and likely will be roughly the same size as the existing restrooms. The new facility will be hooked into the new sewer line and lagoon built in 2003 when the concession stand was rebuilt.

Outside of updating the 50-year-old plumbing, the biggest advancement will be the addition of showers.

“A lot of the older kids stay at the fairgrounds pretty much all week during the fair,” said 4-H livestock superintendent Greg Cowell to listeners on the KMEM Coffee Break program. “When you work with livestock you get dirty and grungy, there’s just no way around it. So it definitely will be nice to add the showers for the kids.”

Board members noted that the project will benefit spectators as well as the livestock exhibitors. The facilities will be utilized by those attending the livestock shows and will also serve visitors in the midway and offer easy access from the parking lot during racing events.

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