Mower grandstand nearly done
Published 9:53 am Wednesday, July 17, 2013
AUSTIN — With the 2013 Mower County Fair just weeks away, the new grandstand is right on schedule.
“The grandstand part of the project is nearing completion,” Public Works Director Mike Hanson told the Mower County Board on Tuesday.
With the seating nearly complete, there’s still work to do on the roof, concrete, water lines and some electricity, but Hanson anticipates everything should be ready for the fair Aug. 6 to 11. Work on fencing around the grandstand should start this week.
Email newsletter signup
“It’s falling into place,” he said. “We’ll be happy when it’s done.”
The old grandstand was demolished in a controlled burn after a structural engineer deemed it unsafe for use before the 2012 fair.
After dry rot was discovered in its wood base, a structural engineer deemed it unsafe shortly before the 2012 fair. The Austin Fire Department demolished the old grandstand in a controlled burn on Feb. 2.
The new 1,500-seat grandstand is made of steel and aluminum and will cost around $700,000. The Hormel Foundation is paying for $250,000 of the costs.
Mower County Grandstand shows in 2013
7 p.m. Aug. 6: Motokazie Supercross
7 p.m. Aug. 7: Demolition derby
7 p.m. Aug. 8: NTPA tractor pull
7:30 p.m. Aug. 9: Hairball. Tickets: $15, Grand Pass not valid
8:30 a.m. Aug. 10: MCF truck and tractor pull, with 8 a.m. registration
7 p.m. Aug. 10: Great Frontier Bull Riding
2 p.m. Aug. 11: Demolition derby
Cost: Regular tickets are $10 and free for children age 5 and younger
A $36 Grand Pass is good for six admissions for grandstand events on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday at the 2013 Mower County Fair.