Humboldt County Agricultural Society asks for funds

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Agricultural Society is asking $25,000 for the county fair, which is the same amount requested for last year.

The request was presented to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Monday.

“In 2016 we completed a new transformer for the campground, rewired the rabbit barn and additional electrical upgrades to the horse building on shed row,” Association President Jeff Haselhuhn told the supervisors.

“Most of the interior lights have been replaced with LED fixtures inside the main buildings, as well as our many outside poles now have new LED lights on them lowering our energy cost,” he said.

Most of the sound system upgrade to the infield has been completed and all of the speakers at the north end of the grounds have been replaced. The wires are being put underground.

This year the association intends to continue upgrading the electrical system on the grounds.

Also, the old red barn will be replaced with another building allowing for more room for horses and winter storage.

A new road will be built allowing direct traffic in and out of the infield, making it safer and easier for large trucks and trailers to maneuver.

“Financially, we are balancing our fair every year. We have increased our budget by about $5,000 this year,” Haselhuhn said.

It takes more money to book events, he said.

The debt has been paid off on the last improvements.

The supervisors will consider the request at budget time which begins later this month, Supervisor Carl Mattes said.

This year’s fair will be held July 25 to July 30.