LET Fair Board opposes new arena

The Olmsted County Fair Board would like to express its concern regarding a proposed fourth ice arena.

Originally the fairgrounds were created by a gift from Christopher Graham to Olmsted County that was intended to ensure the permanency of fairs for Olmsted County. This is the 145th year of the Olmsted County Fair. Adding a fourth ice arena next to the existing Graham East and West ice arenas would result in the elimination of livestock facilities that are necessary for a successful fair.

The ice rink would be a year-round ice facility that could not be practically used for fair purposes. Thus, this new building would be constructed for a single purpose that was not intended by the Graham gift. This is not intended to be a condemnation of youth hockey and its facilities but is our strong conviction that the fairgrounds be preserved.

Further, to add a structure as proposed would be to create a substantial increase in traffic, thus safety, for which the roads on fairground property were not intended.

In the event the ice arena were to be built and new structures built for the livestock in the area of the grandstand, the use of the grandstand would be dramatically affected.


Should the citizens of Olmsted County have the same concerns as the Olmsted County Fair Board, please contact your county commissioners.

Codey; Kothenbeutel


; Olmsted; County Fair Board

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