Built in the 1860s, with an addition in the 1920s, the grandstand has been witness to much history. In the summer of 2022, prior to the Fair opening in July, contractors worked diligently tearing out and replacing boards and beams that had deteriorated. They worked to ensure that the project was done safely and to historic standards. It is our mission to ensure that our beautiful wooden grandstand remains for many more years.
While work was done in time for the 2022 Fair, there is more to be done. Many lower columns on the east side of the grandstand will need to be replaced. In addition to the columns, the decking of the walkway needs to be restored. A new drainage system under the walkway will also be needed. All new work will need to be painted and cables will need to be installed to hold the structure together. Powderpost beetles, while not a concern to people, have been discovered and will need to be treated to ensure the future integrity of the building. Total renovation costs are estimated at approximately $500,000.
The Lewis County Agricultural Society is reaching out to its amazing patrons and supporters for help in funding. We hope that our Fair Friends & Family recognize the history and beauty behind these stands, acknowledge the importance of a safe grandstand and track and honor the memories that have been made. We believe that our love of the fairgrounds, including the historic information booth and grandstand, is also a love shared by our whole community.
The Agriculture Society wants to ensure that the stands and track stay historical and safe for future generations but will need financial support in doing so.
The Lewis County Agricultural Society hopes that you will support the historic grandstand. As a non-profit organization, we are very appreciative of the yearly assistance and community support for the annual fair. Any donation is greatly appreciated.