Fairgrounds to get new building

After 20 years of planning and installing an image of the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, the largest remaining project is in-the-works — the new show building.

The 100 by 150 foot building will be used during the fair week to accommodate large animal shows or two smaller shows at the same time, fairgrounds manager Fred Piehl said.

“The main shows will all be within 50 feet of each other,” Piehl said, noting that the building will replace the current dairy barn. “The livestock shows, the cattle and the goats and sheep will all show in here.”

Piehl said he hopes the building will be completed in time for the 2016 fair. The cost of the building is approximately $300,000, and will require additional restrooms and other add-ons.

“We just started fundraising at the first of the year, so we’re out there promoting it and trying to get people interested to see what we can come up with,” Piehl said.

He said he has already received a good response from the community, especially from the annual reverse raffle coming up in April.

“We’ll usually gain $30,000 plus for that. We sell 300 tickets, $100 a piece, and I think they are all sold out already,” Piehl said. “We’ll have a small auction and a lot of other things just to generate excitement and money.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, Feb. 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.