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Bids accepted for second phase of county fairground project

The bids ranged from around three million dollars to just under three point eight million.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 6:06 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Three bids have been placed for the second phase of the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds project.
Phase two will include the construction of a new 105 thousand square foot building.

The building will include the coliseum and other facilities. The north and south barns on the grounds will also be replaced.

The bids ranged from around three million dollars to just under three point eight million.

Tippecanoe County Commissioner David Byers says he expects the new construction to be received as well as the original coliseum was by newspaper writers 80 years ago.

"One dated in April 1936 talked about when they were building the fairgrounds then. Part of it was it's not just a fairground, it's for the entire community. And that's really what this building is,” said Byers.

Byers said the new facility will have several uses.

"Whether it be wedding receptions, whether it's trade shows, banquets and still a livestock facility too,” said Byers.

The winning bid will be determined at the next County Commissioner's meeting. Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin after this year's county fair.

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