Boone County Fair Grandstand Rejuvenation Project under way

Grandstand at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Grandstand at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

• $20,000 in donations sought by Dec. 31, 2014, to qualify for matching gift

Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Illinois — The Boone County Fair Association Board of Directors has announced a major fund-raising campaign to refurbish the 50-year-old grandstand at the fairgrounds, “The Boone County Fair Grandstand Rejuvenation Project.”

According to Board President Lyle Lee, “The time has come to give some needed attention to this hard-working grandstand.”

The 2,000-seat grandstand has held some great audiences over the years enjoying a variety of entertainment from Loretta Lynn twice to George Jones to Blake Shelton. Not to mention the tractor pulls, harness races, demo derbies and such.

The association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization receiving no government funds from the city or county with limited funds from the state that go toward the premiums paid to the exhibitors. Any donations toward this project will be tax deductible.

If we can raise $20,000 by Dec. 31, 2014, we have received a pledge that will match it,” Lee said.

According to Lee, 100 percent of the money donated will go toward the rejuvenation of this icon of the fairgrounds. The project will include improving the entire structure with new aluminum kick boards, aluminum walking planks, a fresh paint job and some new fencing.

According to Lee, the fair association is looking to raise $114,000 to complete the project. All donors will be acknowledged on a sign to be hung on the back of the grandstand.

If you would like to contribute to the “BCF Grandstand Rejuvenation Project,” call the fair office at (815) 544-2900 any Monday or Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or mail a donation to BCF Assn., P.O. Box 456, Belvidere, IL 61008. Write “Grandstand Project” on the envelope.

The goal is to have the money raised and the project completed in time for the 2015 fair, Lee said. The fair association’s grounds crew has been busy preparing the structure so painting can begin as soon as weather permits in the spring.

The 2015 Boone County Fair runs from Tuesday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 16. The entertainer for Aug. 15 has not yet been announced.

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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