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Public meeting about 4-H Betterment Project

Monday, April 5, 2010

This is an artist's conception of the proposed 4-H facility at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
On April 13 from 7 - 9 p.m., the 4-H Facilities Betterment Committee will be hosting an open come-and-go meeting at the ISU Extension Office, which is located at 209 Centennial Drive, just off of Highway 59 North, in Cherokee. This meeting is designed to help answer any questions that the public may have about the goals and purpose for the construction of a new Expo Center and remodeling of the current cattle building on the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.

Plans will be available for attendees viewing, along with a site map of the location of the proposed building.

The need for improved and expanded facilities was first identified during the 2008 Cherokee County Fair. A core group of volunteers, the 4-H Facilities Betterment Project Committee, was founded, and preliminary planning and grant writing was undertaken. Some improvements to the existing cattle barn were completed prior to the 2009 County Fair, but there were still safety and livestock housing issues which needed to be addressed.

The committee has been working on this project for several months, and it is their hope that this project's completion will alleviate many of the issues that have arisen over the past few years.

These issues have been created due to positive changes, such as an increase in the number of 4-H exhibitors and entries and the addition of more cattle classes, as well as the founding of a new livestock-focused 4-H club.

The project proposes construction of an 80' X 200' multi-purpose arena for various livestock species at the fair, as well as at other events throughout the year; a restroom and commons area; and additional remodeling of the current cattle barn.

Even though the project is an exciting one, and many fundraisers have already been successfully completed, more funds are still required in order to realize the entire goal of the project.

The committee would like to help clarify any questions that anyone may have concerning the project, and encourages you to take the time to stop in on April 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to learn more about the project, and also enjoy some refreshments. They welcome any questions or comments that may have arisen concerning the project set forth. It is the committee's goal to secure a future for 4-H and for Cherokee County agriculture.

Come and share the excitement that the new Cherokee 4-H Expo Center is creating.

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