Fair starts with new commercial building
BEAVER DAM — Each year the Dodge County Fair Association makes improvements to the buildings or grounds. This year was no exception.
Four completed building projects were officially dedicated Wednesday morning when the fair began. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the new commercial exhibit building, the Rotary food stand, the newly sided co-op food building and the new livestock office.
The 60-by-120-foot exhibit building has been planned for the last few years and in October 2017 the board decided it was time to get the project underway.
Fair Secretary Sharon Keil said, “The building is much needed. It provides a concrete floor and security that our vendors have been requesting.”
More than 100 vendors and businesses exhibit their products and services. In the past they were located in several large tents on the fairgrounds. The new building is designed to accommodate up to 40 vendors with indoor 10-by-10-foot booths that include electricity and backdrops. There are also commercial tents at the fair.
The vendor tents have been a popular attraction at the fair each year, providing the opportunity for fair attendees to compare products and services and speak with those providing them. It is an opportunity to enjoy samples and try before buying.
Once the fair is over the building will be available for rent by companies and local groups for public or private events during the time the fair is not taking place. In winter it will be used for storage.
Income from boat and RV storage in the many buildings located on the fairgrounds helps the association fund building maintenance and upkeep.