Fairgrounds expansion includes air-conditioned exhibit hall

Composite image includes architectural rendering by MRW Design Associates Inc., architect of a new 28,000 square-foot building under construction by Watts Construction Inc. at the Washington County Regional Park. The building will provide office space, a permanent home for Utah State University Extension Services and improved exhibit space for the annual Washington County Fair. Construction is slated for completion in early August 2017 in time for the fair at the Regional Park in Hurricane, Utah | Rendering courtesy of Washington County and MRW Design, St. George News

HURRICANE – The 2017 Washington County Fair, long held in the searing heat of Southern Utah’s famous summertime weather, is getting more air-conditioned space for exhibits and events.

A bid has been awarded and construction is underway on a new 28,000 square-foot building at the Washington County Regional Park complex at 5500 W. 700 South,Hurricane.

Construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 4, in time for the Washington County Fair.

In addition to exhibit space, the building will provide a permanent home for the Utah State University Extension Service, which has been without a permanent home since a fire in January 2014.

Construction started Wednesday on the new structure, Washington County Commission Administrator Nicholle Felshaw said in a statement.

The new building will be located near the existing exhibit hall and will provide 5,956 square feet of office space and 22,165 square feet of exhibit hall and associated areas.

The exhibit hall space will be a great community area where many activities will take place including formal and recreational events,” Felshaw said.

The new building will offer much-needed space for local events, Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson said earlier.

The air-conditioned exhibit hall will be especially needed during the Washington County Fair and will provide additional restrooms as well as relief from the sun, Felshaw said.

MRW Design Associates Inc. is the architect and Watts Construction Inc. has been awarded the contract after coming in as the lowest bidder, Feldshaw said.

The metal building package was purchased from CO Building Systems, Inc., located in Ephriam. CO Buildings will provide fabrication of the metal building.

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  • utahdiablo March 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Wow, here’s a idea, maybe move the Fair to Mid October? Who the hell wants to walk around that damn place when it’s 105 or more out, even the demo derby is too damn hot to attend. We asked this before and the response was “because the kids are out of school and can enjoy it”….BS, the kids get time off all the time and even have a fall break, so get a clue and change the time of the year that the fair runs…but let me guess, the parking will go up to $10 a car with the excuse that we have to pay for the new AC building

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