Bannock County residents are ready for the fair season to start, but as we showed you in June, the Fairgrounds weren’t quite ready for them.
KPVI News 6 Reporter Dani Beckstrom spent some time at the South Bannock County Fairgrounds to check out the improvements the County has made over the past month to prepare to safely open the gates.
“I don’t want to pretend that we’ve come in here in 3 weeks, we waved a magic wand,” said Dan Copeland, Public Works Director, of the work they’ve put in.
Just over a month ago the South Bannock County Fairgrounds looked a little down. But today, just in the knick of time, things are looking up.
“They go up they go down they go up they go down, we just got to get on a different way of maintaining them,” said Bannock County Commissioner Karl Anderson.
Anderson has lived in Downey since 1958 and has never missed a fair, so this was truly a labor of love for the Commissioner to make sure the grounds were ready to rock.
“In 3 weeks, are you kidding me? I don’t think that you could put a bathroom in a home in 3 weeks,” added Anderson.
The brand new bathrooms are one of the most noticeable improvements, paid for almost entirely from PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) money, so it didn’t cost tax payers a thing. They were completely demolished and rebuilt in less than a month adding more square footage accommodating more stalls, and brand new fixtures. Another big improvement was in electrical, lighting up the grounds to keep the people and facilities safe.
“We’ve had a lot of county employees down here and they’ve put in a lot of time and made it happen. It has been tough but we were able to get it done,” said Ag Services Superintendent Aaron Greenwell who oversees both Bannock County Fairgrounds.
Thanks to the combined effort from the Commissioners and County employees the fairgrounds are once again safe for the public to come enjoy what their community has worked hard to offer.
“There are a lot of things that we’d still like to improve down here, we see them, but I’m excited for South County to come out, this should be a beautiful event, and we hope to make it as comfortable as we can for everybody to enjoy that so they can be proud,” added Copeland.
The Public Works Office does have a plan moving forward to budget in new fixes, including the bleachers, but the grounds are ready to go for this fair season that kicks off tomorrow.