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AUSTIN, MN — It has been a year since the Mower County Fairgrounds grandstand was deemed unsafe and now the new one is nearly in place.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Austin Tuesday for their new, aluminum structure. It will have new sound and lighting and should be able to seat about 1,500 people with the potential for more.
Fair leaders said it is a bittersweet time to get a nice, new grandstand and to see the old one go.
“Everybody that has ever been to the Mower County Fair knew it was a cornerstone to the fairgrounds here and we’re very proud of it, however it was an all wood structure that was just beyond repair as well as it has other underlying issues,” said Neal Anderson, Mower County Fair Board President.
He said depending on the weather they hope to have it ready to go for August 6 when the Mower County fair kicks off.