The Logan County Fairgrounds buildings took a huge hit in the early June floods, which have resulted in multiple event cancellations for the Fair Board in the various buildings.
The News Leader caught up with Dennis Ochs, Fair Board Chairman, to get an update. Ochs has also been at several Logan County Commissioner meetings to update them on the repair progress.
While the flooding was not that deep, the damage it did getting into the floors and walls was significant. The first issue was the building had to be remediated for asbestos and mold, which can be a rather time consuming process. The other issue was that the more walls they pulled down, the more damage was uncovered. The original plan was to pull walls and insulation up to four feet, but the contractor found extra damage, so more of the walls will have to be pulled. In some of the barns and buildings, the demolition went 6 to 8 feet up the walls.
The outdoor restroom by the show barns was also wiped out by the flood so it is being repaired and upgraded. As a result, the remediation of the buildings is still a work in progress. Once the remediation is completed, then the rebuild can start.
“We kept finding more as we worked, and we had some pretty extensive damage, but once we are done, we will have a quality facility that people have not seen in 40 years,” Ochs said. “The health and safety concerns for our renters is important and until we get the all clear on all three buildings, we will not reopen them to the public.” The cancellations have included several large annual reunions, multiple 4-H events and several shows that were scheduled. The last update given to the commissioners was a target date of August 1 to have all the repairs done, but that date might even be in question as the repairs continue. The Logan County Free Fair is scheduled for September 5-8 this year. The News Leader will continue to track the repair progress.