2019 FAIR 4H BARN RESTORATION

Sandy Pirdy, Roger Eustace, John Green

Mike Driver, Sandy Pirdy, Mike Zientek, John Green, Roger Eustace, Jon Heppner

Center: Roger Eustace, Sandy Pirdy, John Green
Sidelines: Mike Zientek, Eric Randall, Ben Driver, Jon Heppner, Vernon Hopkins, Mike Driver

Front Row: Jon Heppner, Roger Eustace, Sandy Pirdy, John Green
Middle Row: Robert Lawson, Craig Foster, Terri Burch, Ben Driver
Back Row: Vernon Hopkins, Eric Randall, Mike Zientek, Mark Hopkins, Mike Driver; missing from photo, Jim Samuels, photographer.

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PREVIOUS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES RE 4H DAIRY BARN FUND CHARITY

This year’s Charity BBQ by Mt. Vernon Lodge #263 is being held to assist the Wyoming County Fair 4H Dairy Barn Fund. This Fund is to help with the costs of replacing the dairy barn for the Wyoming County Fair that was built in 1977. We believe this to be a worthy local cause. The following is an article describing the 4H Project:

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THE DAILY NEWS, GENESEE, WYOMING & ORLEANS COUNTY, OCTOBER 13 NEWS ARTICLE

PIKE — This year could be one of the last for Wyoming County Fair’s dairy barn in its current form.

Back in April, the Wyoming County Fair Association received $192,000 in grant money from New York State to go toward infrastructure upgrades at the fairgrounds.

And given that the dairy barn was constructed back in 1977, and sees arguably the most traffic throughout the week, it is a contender to see the money.

“As we are looking at our projects, one of the ones we thought probably needed attention was our cattle barn,” said Fair Superintendent Mike Roche. “We’ve got a committee together and we’re exploring the possibility of replacing the cattle barn with a new structure.”

At Tuesday’s Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved a resolution that supports the Fair officials in pursuing a new barn.

Although constructing a completely new barn is the goal, Roche said the committee will look at the possibility of implementing repairs instead.

“(Replacing it is) our goal at this time but depending on costs of renovation or depending on the cost of repairs or replacement,” he said.

He added that the barn is in need of roof repairs, along with upgraded ventilation for the animals.

The grant money has a five-year window before it needs to be spent, so a decision isn’t immediately needed.

Roche did add, though, that while replacing is the ultimate goal, some needed repairs are more imminent.

“We don’t have a lot of time because we do have some repairs we need to make on this barn,” he said.

Roche later added the committee will be meeting shortly after the fair is over “to really look at things.”

“We’re shooting for the stars,” he said.