Plans to make the Sheridan County Fairgrounds pavilion a year-round facility will start with painting and fixing up the structure this winter, says Fairgrounds Manager Jamie Ringley.
He discussed the plans during Thursday night's meeting of the Sheridan Fair Association trustees. The association wants to make the pavilion the fairgrounds' second year-round facility. The exhibit hall is already used for events year-round.
Ringley said the next step is to put a business plan together for use of the pavilion. Fair board members last month discussed the need to heat the structure, but, he said, they decided Thursday that the business plan should come first.
Also at Thursday's meeting, trustees discussed the need to repair the roof on the fairgrounds office building, and approved plans for a new sprinkler system on the pavilion and exhibit hall lawns.
Ringley said that work can be done by the fairgrounds crew, who was already at work on the roof this morning. The estimated cost for the new roof is $3,300. Crews will begin installing new sprinklers when the roof is completed. Estimated cost of that is around $2,700.
Ringley said work to fix up and preserve the pavilion will start this fall and winter. The stone building was constructed in 1939 under the Work Project Administration, the largest and most ambitious of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal agencies, aimed at providing jobs for people left unemployed by the Great Depression.
The WPA employed millions of workers, mostly unskilled men, on public works projects including construction of roads and public buildings.