Historic buildings to soon come down to make way for new fairgrounds events center

Big changes are coming soon to the Cache County Fairgrounds. On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, County Executive Craig Buttars said a new Events Center will be built near the old buildings that will be coming down. But first, they are hoping residents will share their historical pictures and stories involving the fairgrounds or buildings that could be used in a display case that would be in the new structure.

“Gina Worthen, on the county council, she’s kind of headed up this effort to try and document the history of the buildings and she’s doing a good job of that. But it’s really hard to find historical stories and especially photographs about the buildings. She’s working with Ken Godfrey and Brenda Anthony to do a short program that they’ll have at the fairgrounds with entertainment and different things,” he said.

Buttars said an interesting historical fact involving the buildings is that they were used as Internment Camps during World War II to house prisoners. (Also there were German POW’s that came to work in the sugar beet fields in the valley).

As far as the project for the new building is concerned, he said things should start happening by late August of this year.

Buttars said, “this year’s fair is actually on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August and so we’re looking at quite soon after the fair we will go in and start to bring those old buildings down. The site where the old buildings are now will be planted into lawn and trees that will be kind of a park area.”

Buttars said the Events Center is going to be built in the area where the carnival is usually placed. He said 500 South will come right to the new building. They are aiming to have the new event center completed by the time of the Cruise-In next year in early July.

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