Condemned grandstands replaced by metal bleachers
OKANOGAN — Since at least the 1950s, the Okanogan County Fairgrounds grandstands seated all sorts of spectators and rodeo fans, providing views of action and entertainment.
With the consistent use, the foundations and wood fell to time and rot, and were condemned. The grandstands were torn down earlier this year.
On July 30, just an hour before dawn, contractors from D. Hall Services began installing new, metal bleachers. Installation is expected to be done before the Caribou Trail Junior Rodeo Association points-only event at 9 a.m. Aug. 6.
Ordered from Crowd Control Warehouse, the bleachers were shipped from Alabama and arrived the morning of July 29. The two bleachers have capacity for 254 people each and are Americans with Disabilities Act-approved.
The winning bid was $110,000.
County commissioners expressed some concern for those who might be upset about the lack of overhead coverage, leading to hot seats. They recommend people bring umbrellas, lawn chairs, cushions, blankets or other items that might alleviate the possible heat.
Other happenings at the fairgrounds include:
Two fencing projects that will be completed by Custom Quality Fencing, Omak. The company won contracts for both jobs.
The first job was for the pedestrian barrier fence at the track around the arena for a total of $22,785. The fencing company had a competitive price and came to inspect, of its own accord, the area where the fencing was being installed before sending in a bid.
The second job is for the perimeter of the fairgrounds, which was accepted by the county commissioners as the lowest bid at $43,553.
Bathrooms are starting to look good. The RV park bathrooms, which burst over the winter, have been repaired and are currently well, said fairgrounds Manager Naomie Peasley.
A plumber was brought in to look at the Agriplex Annex bathrooms. Repairs were made and they should also be good to go for large events, Peasley said.
The horse stalls have been renovated, cutting the number down from 93 to around 40, but also doubling them in size. They should be finished before Stampede weekend, Aug. 11-14.