Plans moving toward new Clark fairgrounds barn for 2021 fair

The east side of the Clark County Fairgrounds in Neillsville is filled this week with all kinds of animals, each awaiting an appointment with a county fair judge. If the planned fairgrounds revitalization project continues to generate interest and support, many of those animals will be housed in a new livestock barn by the time the 2021 fair rolls around.
With a current fund-raising effort gaining steam and within approximately $200,000 of its goal, a plan has been put in place to begin construction of a new livestock barn just after completion of the 2020 county fair. With the county Forestry & Parks Committee recently deciding to match all monetary and in-kind donations — in essence doubling the committed funding for the project — the fund-raising effort has surpassed the $500,000 mark and a push will continue at this year’s fair from Aug. 7-11 to get closer to the final goal.
A new livestock barn is one of two centerpieces of a larger fairground revitalization project started two years ago. Multiple smaller improvements such as lighting upgrades and parking expansion have already been completed, but the two main elements of the plan are the livestock barn and an event center. When the plan was first formulated, the livestock barn cost estimate was $750,000 and the event center estimate was $900,000.

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