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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fairgrounds restrooms under construction

“One side will face the midway street, and the other side would be exclusive to the beer gardens and the grandstand,” Connie Hilger, Dawson County Fair manager

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

A $184,000 bid by Richard Schwartz Inc. was accepted by the county commissioners Wednesday for a new restrooms to be built at the fairgrounds.

The restrooms will be constructed on the location of the old Zion Lutheran Church booth and will feature two men’s stalls and women’s stalls and a handicap accessible coed restroom. 

Schwartz began work on Thursday, taking out the old foundation for the Zion building to lay a new one. He said the facility will be wood-framed with metal siding and a metal roof.

“It’s essentially a two-restroom facility under one roof,” Dawson County Fair manager Connie Hilger said. “One side will face the midway street, and the other side would be exclusive to the beer gardens and the grandstand.”

Hilger added that the new facility should be a vast improvement over the restrooms currently available to the fairgrounds.

“We’re pretty jacked,” she said. “And they will be serviceable while the other ones are a bit questionable.”

Anyone who visited the fair last year remembers the smell wafting from the restrooms, so Hilger’s excitement is certainly warranted.

Despite the new restroom facility, Hilger still expects a need for some portables, specifically behind the rodeo arena.

A large portion of the money for the restrooms was mostly donated by Ross and Tara Oakland, with resources of the Dawson 100 Club, individual donations and funds set aside by the fair board also used to foot the bill, Hilger said.

Although the project took three years to fund, Schwartz expects to complete construction around the end of July, just in time for the Dawson County Fair.

The fair begins Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 10.

Anthony Varriano can be contacted at rrwriter@rangerreview.com.

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