Alachua County Decides Whether to Rebuild Fairgrounds Barn After Collapse
Published January 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - As the Alachua County Commission prepares to finalize its plans for a new county fairgrounds, it received a big reminder over the holiday break about just how fast the old facility is aging. The wooden pole barn used for many events, including the annual Youth Livestock Fair, collapsed early last month.
The wooden barn was close to 40 years old and collapsed as contractors were in the middle of repairing the roof. While county officials decide whether or not to rebuild the barn, they hope this incident only speeds up the search for a new fairgrounds.
"This facility is becoming unusable, at some level," said Robert Avery, Alachua County's superintendent of parks. "A decision needs to be made, and needs to be made quickly," he said.
The Youth Livestock Fair is set to begin March 1, leaving the county with a little time to decide what to do. Avery says a number of options have been discussed, including erecting a temporary tent, or even moving the fair over to the Canterbury Equestrian complex near Newberry.
The Alachua County Commission is set to discuss the ongoing search for a new fairgrounds at Tuesday's regular commission meeting.
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