2018 Clay County Fairgoers To Notice Even More Physical Changes
(Spencer)-- The gates open on the 2018 Clay County Fair in just a couple of weeks. Those attending this year's fair will notice even more physical changes that have been made to the grounds since last year's event. Fair General Manager Jeremy Parsons says they range from newly paved roads to completely renovated restrooms and all new Grandpa's Barn, to name just a few...
"You know since the spring of 2016 the fair association's invested $1.6 million in improvements on the property. A majority of those improvements have been underground: electrical, water, sewer, and if you're at the fair you definitely appreciate all those services. But this year you're starting to see the things above the ground: Centennial Plaza, the new Grandpa's Barn, all the new asphalt in front of the grandstand, that's a nice smooth thing. So all those things factor in just to make the fair feel vibrant and clean and better than ever."
And Parsons says even more changes are coming as the fair embarks on it's "Building The Future" Campaign...
"We're looking towards a new cattle barn, we're looking towards new entrances to the fair, we're looking towards more asphalt and hard-surfaced roads to help fairgoers get around and as we continue to raise funds we're going to be able to make those a reality, just like we've been able to make all these other projects a reality."
Other improvements this year include new handrails in the grandstand, extensive drainage and storm sewer work in the area of the livestock barns and outdoor arena and new water services to the fairgrounds that were installed in conjunction with the re-construction of 4th Avenue west along the eastern border of the fairgrounds.
Photo: Jeremy Parsons, Clay County Fair General Manager, addressing the media during the Fair's annual media day event Friday at the Clay County Regional Events Center.