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Fairgrounds temp building goes up

by: RAY HUGHEY - The temporary livestock barn at the Clackamas County Event Center fairgrounds goes up quickly. Preparations for the 2014 Clackamas County Fair are quite different than fairs in past years.

Significant changes took place in the months leading up to this year’s fair. A fair landmark, the 90-year-old livestock building with its distinctive saw tooth roof line, is gone.

The 130-foot by 320-foot building was torn down last month after being closed since March due to safety concerns. Its concrete floor was ripped up and ground into tiny pieces to provide a base for gravel surface.

This year, fair livestock will be housed beneath two temporary aluminum frame structures sitting on the same footprint as the old barn.

They arrived last week. The smaller, 10,000-square foot, structure went up last Tuesday. The larger, 20,000-square feet structure was up by the weekend.

“They went up so fast,” said Laurie Bothwell, event center director. “It’s like an old fashioned barn raising when they get going.”

All the entries are in, Bothwell said. Fair officials were pleased they received more than expected. The entries have been counted and will be matched to gridded pen layouts.

Swine entries will go in the smaller building, which will allow for inside show ring for the first time, Bothwell said.

The larger structure will house cows and llamas. Some cattle will go into the Rosewood Arena as in past years.

All the sheep and goats will be housed in Ely Arena. It will be very full, she said.

The event center is paying $45,000 to rent the two temporary structures for a month. Officials will decide later if they want to rent them longer.




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