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Stockgrowers Suggest Covering Grandstands

by Carol Dunn

HUERFANO- Representatives of the recently rejuvenated Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers Association met with the Fair Board Tuesday night to put forth a proposal to cover the center section of the grandstands at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds.  According to HBSA president Dave Stroh, the association has set aside $10,000, about a third of the estimated cost, toward construction of an all-metal frame set on piers with a metal roof.  HBSA has been looking into funding possibilities and may have a funder interested in helping with the project.  However, the group does not want to proceed much further without developing a partnership with the Fair Board and getting support from the 4H Councils and the County Commissioners.  “We appreciate the thought you guys have put into this,” said Keith Tatman, Fair Board member. 

    Ideas were discussed for increasing the use of the fairgrounds by the public, drawing in more tourists, adding events, and providing more comfort for spectators.  Rancher Max Vezzani said, “We’re willing to commit our funds, if we can leverage those with grants.”  The Fair Board members cautioned that they may not be able to commit any cash to the potential project, but they could possibly provide in-kind services as a match.  “We make no income off the Fair,” said Tracy McCay, “and the 4th of July Rodeo loses money.”

    The public is welcome to provide input on the proposal at the next HBSA meeting, Nov. 6, 6 pm at the Walsenburg Community Center.