Fairgrounds will get new Ag Building

ELMA — Rognlin’s Inc. of Aberdeen has been awarded the contract to build a new agriculture building at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds. County Commissioner Wes Cormier said the goal is for the building to be done by the time the fair starts in August.

The building was demolished during a snow storm back in January of 2012. During the fair last summer, exhibitors just did without the space to display the agriculture-related items.

Rognlin’s was the lowest bidder at $277,000. Public Services Director Kevin Varness said the county’s insurance policy will cover the base bid on the contract, while the county’s tourism tax “stadium fund” will be used to add a cupola the length of the building on the roof to provide character to match the historic buildings on the fairgrounds and to add natural daylight to the interior of the building. The county is also paying extra to remove the existing concrete slab and add a new one to go with the new building, Varness said.

Varness said the existing concrete slab would have required a significant amount of patching.