Fairgrounds Seeks Grant Funding to Install Commercial Kitchen

The Sheridan County Fair Association trustees unanimously agreed that the manager of the Sheridan Farmers' Market and the one who first brought up the idea, Bonnie Gregory, should investigate the concept - and potential sources of funding - for the installation of a commercial grade kitchen in the exhibit hall. (Photo by Chris Foy)
The Sheridan County Fair Association trustees unanimously agreed that the manager of the Sheridan Farmers' Market and the one who first brought up the idea, Bonnie Gregory, should investigate the concept - and potential sources of funding - for the installation of a commercial grade kitchen in the exhibit hall. (Photo by Chris Foy)

At Thursday's meeting of the Sheridan County Fair Association Board of Trustees, the board approved a request to look for potential grant funding to redesign the kitchen in the exhibit hall of the fairgrounds. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.


The Sheridan County Fair Association trustees unanimously agreed that the manager of the Sheridan Farmers' Market and the one who first brought up the idea, Bonnie Gregory, should investigate the concept further.

Gregory says in April she learned there could potentially be grant funding available to install a commercial kitchen. She says local vendors have a hard time finding a commercial kitchen to use in Sheridan, and this would be an opportunity to expand the fairgrounds' user groups.

Gregory says she's located a kitchen designer based in Billings who has redone the kitchen at the Sheridan Senior Center and the Tongue River Community Center. The preliminary design would be a 30 foot-by-15 foot commercial kitchen with processing abilities.

She says she will now be asking for an estimate from the Billings-based designer and talking with fire officials to ensure everything would be up to code.

Overall, the board said it was a fantastic idea and they said they were grateful for Gregory's initiative in pursuing the idea. Vice chairman of the board, Jeff Foster, said increasing the use of the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds could be beneficial to everyone in the community.

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