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Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:10 AM


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LIMA — Buildings on the Allen County Fairgrounds will get much-needed facelifts before the 2014 Fair. PotashCorp donated $300,000 to the Allen County Agricultural Society to make major improvements to the four commercial buildings on the north side of the fairgrounds.

Fair administration, supporters and attended the announcement Wednesday, which was held in the Youth Activities Building, one of the buildings slated for improvements.

The four-building complex area will be named The PotashCorp Events Center.

“This facility is more ,than a fairgrounds; it’s a place that brings our community together,” PotashCorp Lima General Manager Todd Sutton said. “It’s where our kids learn, businesses meet and neighbors spend time together.

“PotashCorp is committed to improving our communities and increasing long-term food production. The Allen County Fairgrounds is a place that contributes to both those goals. We believe our $300,000 commitment will make a difference today and help prepare the fairgrounds to remain an important part of our community for years to come.”

Fair Manager David Grimm helped make the announcement of the gift. He expressed the importance of the fairgrounds to the region.

“Our fairgrounds is recognized nationally as a key Midwest facility, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, not only to the fair but to numerous other national and regional shows as well. These activities generate a substantial economic impact throughout the city, county and region. The building improvements made possible by Potash’s gift will strengthen the appeal of the Allen County Fairgrounds as a leading event center of our region and further expand its economic contribution to the community,” Grimm said. “While the total four-building complex will be known as The PotashCorp Events Center, they have graciously allowed us to solicit naming rights for the buildings individually, which, when accomplished, will allow us further improvement.”

The $300,000 gift will go toward renovation of the four buildings at the main entrance to the fairgrounds including paint, graphics, signage, landscaping, specialty lighting and roofs. The buildings’ space totals 35,000 square feet.

“The improvements we can do with this money will make a noticeable difference to these buildings and make the faigrounds an even bigger asset to the community,” Grimm said.

Grimm said the buildings are structurally sound but do have roofing concerns.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:13 AM

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