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MILLERSBURG -- The next phase of construction at Harvest Ridge is scheduled to get underway with the groundbreaking of the new 48,000-square foot, all-purpose exposition center, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21.
The Holmes County Agricultural Society accepted the $1.885 million bid submitted by Ivan Weaver Construction to build the arena/expo building at last week's meeting.
To meet the goal of using the arena in time for the August 2017 fair, site prep work will begin next week, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Harvest Ridge.
"This 48,000-square-foot building will add immense versatility to Harvest Ridge," said Tara Sheldon, Harvest Ridge Board president and Agricultural Society secretary. "It will serve as the show and sale arena for the fair, but more than that, it will allow us to host a variety of consumer, trade, agricultural and cultural shows," she said.
Added to the 35,000-square-foot Tom, Eva & Sterling Humrichouser Livestock Pavilion and the 8,000-square-foot William T. Baker Family Building, Harvest Ridge will be the largest and most versatile event venue in the region.
With the help of a $500,000 capital budget appropriation and fundraising efforts of the Hardwood Furniture Guild, approximately $1.6 million has been raised toward the arena/expo building. The Harvest Ridge Board and Agricultural Society will be working quickly to close the funding gap for the new building and complete other projects, such as the grandstand.
For more information or to contribute, call Shasta Mast at 330-674-3975 or Tara Sheldon at 330-674-0869.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.