Jan 13, 2022

Kansas State Fair Board discusses capital projects

Posted Jan 13, 2022 11:35 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Kansas State Fair Board took time to discuss a number of capital projects during its regular meeting on Monday. 

According to GM Bryan Schulz, three projects generated the most discussion. The first is the Expo building, which has been undergoing a major renovation. Schulz says they hope to have that building finished by the middle of February. 

Another project in the works is the House of Capper project. Schulz says they hope to have bids returned for the board to consider in the next two to three weeks. The project includes a complete renovation of the structure to its original state plus a small park to tell the story of the structure. Plans are to have that project finished in time for the 2022 fair.

The third project, and by far the most extensive, is a complete renovation of the Bison Arena. The building, which is one of the oldest on the fairgrounds, has been out of use after it was deemed not up to code. 

Schulz says the estimated price tag to renovate the building is between $16 million and $20 million. Schulz says he will be meeting with the governor and lieutenant governor to discuss options for funding the project, along with fundraising possibilities. 

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