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Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:59

Chase County dignitaries gathered Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Expo hall on the Chase County Fairgrounds. Holding the ribbon are Chase County Commissioner Don Weiss, Jr. (left) and Chase County Fairboard member Matt Denny, while fairboard president Chad Oxford cuts the ribbon. Also present were (left to right) Randy Rockwell and Brad Rockwell of Rockwell Construction, fairboard members Scott Way, Rick Einspahr, Alex McNair, commissioner Dave Hogsett, Chase County Clerk Debbie Clark, Jeff Tidyman of Engineering International, Lisa Denny, fairboard associate Kelly Beard, commissioner Chuck Vette and fairboard associate Dave Schilke. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

The Chase County Fairgrounds have changed a bit since last year with the addition of a new Expo hall.

Fair board members, Chase County Commissioners and other individuals gathered Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Last minute touches are still being made to the building, but it will be ready to go for the expo and fair next week.

The comments were positive as people looked over the facility.

Fair board member Rick Einspahr said he was excited to see the building finally completed.

Commissioner Dave Hogsett agreed.

“It’s a great looking building. It will be in the community for a long time,” he said.

Fair board members had wanted to add the new building for several years, but had trouble getting the project off the ground due to the cost.

Plans began to solidify this year and the bid of $488,400, submitted by Rockwell Construction of Wray, Colo., was approved by the commissioners in March. Work began immediately on the 60- by 110-feet building.

The building has a 60- by 90-feet open exhibit area on the north end, plus a kitchen, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and an office on the south end. There is an enclosed storage area on a second level of the south end.

The building is air conditioned and the cool temperature was much appreciated Monday.

Fair board president Chad Oxford said he was very thankful to the benefactors and sponsors who made the building possible. He included the Chase County Commissioners for their contributions, as well.

Don Weiss, Jr. said he was pleased the building was erected through donations rather than through tax dollars.

The fair board’s benefactor program covered the major part of the construction, with the commissioners loaning the remaining balance. The loan will be repaid over time.

Weiss feels it’s important that the building be available for community use and the rent stay reasonable.

Reservations have also been coming in for events in the coming months.

Oxford invited fair-goers to stop in and check out the new building during the Chase County Fair Aug. 9-16.