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Commercial Building at fairgrounds gets a new look

Friday, July 8, 2011

Several of the Cherokee County Fair Board members are pictured in front of the Cherokee County Fair Commercial Building. The building recently got a new steel facing and is ready to be used for this year's Cherokee County Fair. Pictured, back row, left to right, Leon Klotz, Rusty Grashoff, Brad Nelson, and Mark Arnold. Front row, left to right, Chuck Tolzin, Demi Dunn, Betty Haselhoff (who is holding toddler Carson Lundell), Brenda Parker, and Karol White. Photo by Mike Leckband
For many years, the Commercial Building at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds has needed some work done to it.

The Commercial Building is a source of revenue for the Cherokee County Fair Board. Not just during fair time, but all year long. The building hosts many varieties of events, from dances to wedding receptions to the annual Cherokee County Veterans Day. The Building is also used for rental in the winter to store campers, farm equipment, boats and cars.

The building was constructed in 1962 and was one of the first Cherokee Lundell Manufacturing Steel Frame Buildings constructed. At the time, the building design was unique, with its steel rafters and vertical support legs outside the galvanized steel sheeting.

However, over the years much of the steel building began to rust and what paint was there was long faded and chipped away by sun and weather. The Cherokee County Fair Board knew that sanding down the 60' x 90' building and repainting it was simply not economically feasible.

So, the solution was to cover the building's exterior with new wood framing and white 29-gauge steel with green trim.

Construction began last month, with Haselhoff Construction of Cherokee applying the new facing. Electrical work on the building was done by Champion Electric of Cherokee, and all steel sheeting for the project was purchased from Cherokee Lumber. The total cost of the project was $48,000.

Fair Board member Leon Klotz stated that with the new steel the hope is that it will keep the building cooler by reflecting the sunlight off the building.

Klotz also stated that the Fair Board appreciates all the community support and all the volunteers who make the Fair possible, including mowing and maintaining the fairgrounds. He looks forward to having a successful Cherokee County Fair.

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