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Park board OKs building at fairgrounds

By Staff | Apr 2, 2010

A building project has been slated for the Pierce County Fairgrounds later this spring.

Last month, the Rugby Park Board agreed to set aside funds to construct a 48 by 72 foot stick-built building.

Bids will be advertised in the coming weeks and the structure should be up in time for the Pierce County Fair.

Fair officials approached the park board last year about a building on the fairgrounds, which is owned by the Rugby Park District.

It would enable fair exhibits to be housed inside, but the building could have other uses throughout the year.

Don Sobolik, fair association member, said the planned structure would be about as half the size of the exhibit space in the city armory.

The association plans to conduct fundraisers and apply for grants to help offset some of the building costs. Sobolik added the fair association appreciates the action of the park board.”This will be a great addition to the fairgrounds,’ he said.

To be built on west side

Rick Larson, park board member, said the structure would be built along the west side of the fairgrounds near the restroom facilities. That would allow better access from 2nd Ave. N.E.

A cement slab would be poured and plumbing would be installed and electricity would be wired in. The building could also be insulated for use in the winter months. A large overhead door would likely be added.

Larson said the building could be used by other organizations, to house auction sales, or for family reunions where an enclosed shelter is needed.

Already, the building is reserved for an event after this July’s county fair. The Good Sam motor coach club will be holding a convention in Rugby. The building will be used for their meetings.

The park district also has 36 acres of adjacent land east of the fairgrounds that in the future could be used to erect a larger building to hold events. However, those plans are still years away.

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