The Monroe County Commissioners met with members of the Monroe County Fair Livestock Sale Committee during their regular session meeting on April 7 and passed a motion to give money to the group’s barn project. Representing the committee were Dave Matz, Maurice Ritchie and Kara Dixon.
Matz started by saying, “It’s not a myth; we’re building a new barn.” The new barn referred to by Matz is a Beef Barn to be placed where the current Open Class Barn is located. The total cost of the project is estimated at $250,000. According to Matz, the group has already raised $85,000.
Reasoning given for building the new barn is to create a healthier environment for calves. The new barn is an open air design and will allow for much more ventilation than the Show Barn. The new barn is also designed to alleviate space issues in the Show Barn and allow for improvements there.
After commissioners discussed the barn project later in the meeting, Commissioner Pyles made a motion to give the Monroe County Livestock Sale Committee $25,000 towards its new barn building project. Pyles said, the funding is given “in hopes that other oil and gas entities in the county will see this as a good gesture for the county and will match it to help the kids accomplish what they want.” Pyles also said the project is a good Capital Improvement for the fair ground. Pyles and Commissioner Tim Price voted “yes” on the motion while Commissioner Carl Davis abstained due to his involvement with the sale committee.
In another discussion about fairground structures, commissioners met with John Ackerman of the Monroe County Fair Board to discuss the grand stand. Ackerman told commissioners the decision was made to tear the old structure down and build a new one. [Editor’s note: See the front page article for more details.]