LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Several new amenities will welcome fair-goers at this year's Tippecanoe County Fair. The changes come with the completion of phase one of the fairground renovation project.
Despite some minor setbacks over the past year, County Commissioner David Byers is happy to see Tippecanoe County Fairground's newest amenities in use.
"It's been kind of painful all spring because we know how wet the spring was and things like that. But actually, everything moved along quite well," said Byers.
Electrical and sewage upgrades were completed along with a new shelter on the east side of the grounds.
But the most noticeable change on the fairgrounds is the new horse barn.
"It's long overdue. I mean that horse barn was here, what, 40 years ago? It's a lot better improvement," said Jerry Ping.
Ping has three grandchildren competing in various 4-H events at the fair.
He said the new facility makes caring for the animals easier.
"We don't have to compete with the mud as bad with the new one compared to the old one. And it has a lot more space," said Ping.
Along with the larger stalls, the barn can accommodate more horses than the previous barn.
4-H member Katie Rice volunteered to help build some of the stalls. She said the open concept will benefit animals.
"At fair time it's obviously really hot, so we really have to get some into the horses because they can overheat. So it's a really nice concept," said Rice.
With fair-goers already showing positive reactions towards the barn, Byers believes the future plans for the fairgrounds bring similar results.
"This is a project that can take care of them for a long, long time," said Byers.
The project's second phase will begin shortly after the fair ends. Bidding for the new coliseum is scheduled for next Monday at a special County Commissioners meeting.