Fair board still seeks funds

County needs $90,000 to erect multipurpose building

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— The multipurpose building for the Routt County Fairgrounds is closer to becoming a reality, but funds are still needed for the project.

Recently, the county entered into a contract agreement with a company to deliver the building to the Hayden fairgrounds by spring.

County officials expect EagleSpan Steel Structures Inc. of Loveland to deliver the steel building by May.

"This structure will make a significant difference to the fairgrounds," Commissioner Dan Ellison said.

The county approved the purchase of the $213,000 building last fall. The cost includes lighting, insulation and painting the inside of the arena, but it does not include site preparation or the building of the facility.

To purchase the building, the county is using a number of sources, including $167,000 in lottery funds and $36,000 raised by 4-H clubs in Routt County.

Although the building will be delivered in May, the county still needs to raise about $90,000 to erect it.

Additional funds are also needed for site preparation, a new parking lot, access roads to the facility, a trail, a pedestrian bridge and sewer and water lines.

The total cost of the project is about $1 million, which the Routt County Fair Board is trying to raise.

"I'm pretty confident the fair board will raise enough money to get the building up and also construct the parking lot on the other side of Dry Creek," Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said. "The goal is to have the building up by August."

To put up the building in time for next year's fair, the county is hopeful local contractors will donate time to the project.

The fair board has also applied for numerous grants, including a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant, which will be decided in March; a $137,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant; and $100,000 grants from the Gates Foundation and Coors.

If the new building is ready by next year's fair, the facility would host livestock shows, livestock sales and horse events.

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