Jefferson County 4-H building undergoing needed renovations, public will see them at May open house

FAIRBURY – The 4-H building on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is undergoing some long awaited renovations this spring.

Improvements include new energy efficient lights and ceiling fans, newly painted walls and new tile and refrigeration in the kitchen. The bathroom walls have also been repainted.

New carpeting will be installed in the meeting room in the next week or two. Likely Apr. 11-12.

New metal siding was also installed in the large, showroom portion of the building.

Jefferson County Fair Board president Lois Welsh says these improvements had been in the plans for some time.

“It’s been ongoing for some time, she said, “but we just really got after it, because it just needs upgrading. The building is pretty old. It’s big, and it takes a lot of upkeep.”

Once renovations are complete, the fair board will open the 4-H building to the public for an open house in May. The exact date for that open house hasn’t been set yet.

Last year, the fair board oversaw the renovation of both the bathrooms and the lunch room at the horse arena on the grounds.

The fair board receives roughly a $100,000 budget annually from the Jefferson County Commissioners. Welsh says they encouraged the fair board to dip into that pool, and use some of that money toward some needed maintenance.

“It represents our county,” Welsh said. “We attend other county fair board meetings, and we want to make sure ours are always up to the standard of others.”

The Jefferson County Fair is slated for Jul. 11-15.

Welsh says more improvements on the grounds will be coming after the fair is concluded, starting with renovation of the bathrooms north of the merchant’s building.

Welsh says the goal is to one day provide the merchant’s building with a new air conditioning unit. Once the funds are there, at least.

“That would be pretty costly,” she concluded.

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