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South Dakota rodeo to get new grandstands

August 4, 2018

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota fair ground will soon sport new seating for the thousands of people who attend the annual rodeo event.

The century-old wooden grandstands at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche are being demolished and will be replaced with steel-and-aluminum grandstands with a roof, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. New VIP seating areas will also be added.

“So far we’ve removed all the tin and steel off the building,” said Dirk Hoffman, public works director.

Some of the material will be salvaged, with Black Hills Roundup officials aiming to build a museum-type structure, Hoffman said. Tin, steel and other salvageable material will likely be sold at auction this fall, he said.

The goal is to finish demolition work by Sept. 1 and have all the concrete work complete before it freezes, Hoffman said. Construction will continue through the winter if the weather permits, he said.

Project officials hope to have the project complete in time for the Black Hills Roundup’s 100th anniversary in July.

City Council approved the more than $1.3 million project last year after growing safety concerns.

Mayor Gloria Landphere said $200,000 will come from the city’s general fund reserves and $200,000 from third penny/hospitality tax revenue reserves. The city is working with local banks to finance the remainder, she said.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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