A.C. At The County Fair?

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Climate-controlled Building Proposed For Fairgrounds

By Joe Foreman, Editor

The Mills County Fair Board has announced its desire to construct a large climate-controlled building on the south side of the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern.

     The structure would house the Mills County Extension and Outreach office and would also serve as a community center with seating capacity for up to 400 people. The building, which would be utilized for a variety of activities during the county fair, would feature a full kitchen, bathrooms, storage areas, utility room, storm shelter and attached bathroom and shower facilities.
     “One of the main purposes of the building will be for 4-H. A lot of the judging that takes place in the old block building, where it’s 110 degrees, would be in the new building,” Woody Wright, a member of the fair board’s building committee said. “We’re really excited about it. A lot of people have stated to us that this is what we need so we decided this is the time to move forward on the project.”
     Wright stressed that the building campaign is a county-wide project.
    “This is going to be a building used by all Mills County residents,” Wright said. “This is a Mills County Project.”
    Wright said there are few facilities of this kind in southwest Iowa and the building would be utilized throughout the year for a variety of activities. The building committee believes the economic benefits of the structure would be “tremendous.”
    The new building will be funded through grants and private donations. The committee plans to share information about its fundraising campaign at this year’s Mills County Fair, which begins Friday.
    Additional information about the project is available from the following building committee members: Woody Wright (402) 740-4028, Nathan Mass (712) 527-0319, Chad McCollester (712) 525-9201, Bob Blum (712) 520-6663 or Brady Smith (712) 309-5956.    
    Inquiries may also be e-mailed to millscobldgcomm@gmail.com.