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New Fair Building Ready to House Exhibits, Host Events


Richland County Fairgrounds' new 4-H and school exhibit building is one of Sidney's newest commodities. The multipurpose building was completed right before for this year's fair and is currently being used for storage until warmer temperatures allow for hosting events. Two wedding receptions are already scheduled to take place in the building.

Fair manager Jamie Larson said the building exceeded her expectations.

"B & B Builders did the construction on the project, and they actually did a phenomenal job," she said. "I knew it would be nice, but once it was finished and I walked in there, it was just amazing."

The building is smaller than the fairgrounds' event center at 6,000 square feet, ideal for smaller gatherings. Citing a rustic ambience, Larson said that the building would be perfect for hosting weddings or other events, perhaps May through September because the building is neither heated nor cooled.

"There are big ceiling fans in there," Larson said. "If we keep it all closed up in the summer, it's insulated, so it does stay fairly cool."

To schedule an event, call Jamie at the fair office at 433-2801.

"It will be kind of like the event center where once people see it and start using it, it will become the talked about thing," she said.

During the fair, Aug. 2-5, the building will be used half for school exhibits and half for 4-H indoors exhibits. Portable partitions will separate the spaces.

"This will be our first summer actually using it," Larson said.

Sidney Millwork designed the exhibit display panels, which Larson said are brilliant.

"They're made of cork in order to pin exhibits," she said. "The lighting – track lighting – is designed specifically for the displays, which point right down at the exhibits hanging on the wall and sitting on the shelves."

Outside of the building on either side will house chickens and rabbit cages for more 4-H exhibits.

All companies involved in the construction of the 4-H and school exhibit building include JGA Architects, B & B Builders, Badlands Concrete Construction, CM Built Doors, Franz Construction, Frontier Heating, Lander Painting, Prairie Electric, Sidney Millwork, Thiel Brothers Roofing, and Associated Construction Engineering, Inc. The building cost about $1 million.


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